Captain Tom Moore, WW2 Veteran Who Raised Millions For UK Health Workers, Dies Age 100
Captain Sir Tom Moore has died at the age of 100 after testing positive for COVID-19.
Was donor Taken to Bedford Hospital He is being treated briefly for pneumonia on Sunday and has tested positive for coronovirus last week.
In a statement, her daughters Hannah and Lucy said: “It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our beloved father, Captain Sir Tom Moore.
“We are very grateful that we were with him in the last hours of his life; Hanna, Benji and Georgia on their bedside and Lucy on FaceTime. We spent hours talking with her, reminiscing about our childhood and our wonderful mother. We shared laughter and tears together.
“The last year of our father’s life was nothing short of remarkable. She was rejuvenated and experienced things she had only ever dreamed of. “
Sir Tom’s fundraising efforts raised more than £ 32 million (around $ 43 million) for the UK National Health Service, walking 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday during the first national lockout in April.
The veteran tried to raise £ 1,000 ($ 1,347) from his charity challenge, but his efforts tore up with the nation, and led to a flood of accolades and donations.
He raised a total of £ 32.7 million, before closing at midnight after his 100th birthday on 30 April, with a donation of 1.5 million supporters.
He began his challenge three weeks early and encouraged people to continue donating with NHS Charities Together.
In recognition of her efforts, she was knighted by the Queen during a unique open-air ceremony at Windsor Castle in the summer of 2020.
Sir Tom remained closed until 2020 with a visit to Barbados with his family, and his fundraising efforts were marked during the New Year’s drone demonstration in London, as his figure appeared on the O2 Arena.
Sir Tom’s family confirmed his illness on Sunday, saying he needed extra help with his breathing and was being treated in a ward but not in the ICU.
After news of his death surfaced, the NHS, for which Sir Tom raised millions of pounds, tweeted: “Thanks for everything Tom.”
On Tuesday, the Archbishop of Canterbury described Sir Tom as “a gift”, telling ITV’s Good Morning Britain: “I think one of Sir Tom’s extraordinary achievements in the most remarkable way for all of us To stand up – in his courage, the way he supported the NHS and raised so much money, and now we all have to stand in this fight against COVID, he stands up for every patient. “
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