Captain Sir Tom Moore, the second world war veteran who was knighted after raising almost £33 million for the NHS during the first coronavirus lockdown in spring 2020, has died aged 100 after testing positive for coronavirus. The Army veteran, originally from Keighley in West Yorkshire, came to prominence by raising money for the NHS by walking 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday.
His daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore said Sir Tom had been treated for pneumonia over the past few weeks and last week tested positive for Covid-19. Captain Sir Tom was taken to Bedford Hospital on Sunday after being treated for pneumonia for some time.
Captain Sir Tom's daughters, Hannah and Lucy, confirmed his death in a statement. They said: “It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our dear father, Captain Sir Tom Moore. We are so grateful that we were with him during the last hours of his life; Hannah, Benjie and Georgia by his bedside and Lucy on FaceTime.
"We spent hours chatting to him, 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. He was rejuvenated and experienced things he'd only ever dreamed of.
"Whilst he'd been in so many hearts for just a short time, he was an incredible father and grandfather, and he will stay alive in our hearts forever."
Buckingham Palace said the Queen is sending a private message of condolence to the family of Captain Sir Tom. The Royal Family tweeted: "Her Majesty very much enjoyed meeting Captain Sir Tom and his family at Windsor last year. Her thoughts and those of the Royal Family are with them."