Captain Tom Moore, the WW2 veteran who raised almost £33 million for charity, has passed away.
The 100-year-old was taken to hospital on Sunday due to trouble with his breathing.
He then tested positive for coronavirus and was being treated for pneumonia before passing away.
Captain Tom Moore, who raised millions for the British Health Service, dies aged 100 after testing positive for Covid-19 https://t.co/DNeKxWEHqn— RTÉ News (@rtenews) February 2, 2021
The war veteran raised more than £32m for NHS charities by completing 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday in April.
British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, said that Moore was a ‘beacon of light through the fog of coronavirus’.
He was subsequently awarded a knighthood, which was approved by the Queen.
Everybody at McLaren is deeply saddened to hear the news of Captain Sir Tom Moore’s passing.— McLaren (@McLarenF1) February 2, 2021
His remarkable resilience, courage and optimism will continue to inspire us all. Our thoughts go out to his family at this difficult time. 🧡 pic.twitter.com/Uh3yENeKle
Speaking at the time, Boris Johnson said:
On behalf of everyone who has been moved by his incredible story, I want to say a huge thank you. He’s a true national treasure.
Moore initially intended to raise just £1000 for the NHS by walking laps of his garden in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire.
But after his campaign for donations went viral across both social and world media, Moore ended up raising £32,794,701.
Rest in Peace Captain Sir Tom Moore.— Angela Rayner 😷 (@AngelaRayner) February 2, 2021
You served our country throughout your life and last year you were a light in the darkness and provided us all with hope. Your legacy will serve as an inspiration to all of us. Thank you. You truly were the very best of us. https://t.co/FUKI56PJis
Our thoughts go out to Captain Tom’s family and friends during this hard time.
Rest in peace.