Captain Sir Tom Moore, the British veteran who raised millions of pounds for the NHS, has tragically died from coronavirus.
The 100-year-old was diagnosed last week, and hospitalised on Sunday. His family have confirmed overnight that he has now passed.
Captain Sir Tom became world-famous in 2020, after raising tens of millions of pounds for the National Health Service (NHS) by walking 100 laps of his backyard in Bedfordshire.
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He raised over £32 million and became a viral sensation. He was then knighted by the Queen in July.
His daughter Hannah has posted a statement from the family overnight, detailing how Tom’s final year was one of his proudest.
“It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our dear father.
“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,” the statement reads.
Flowers are beginning to pile up outside his home in Bedford, while the Queen and the Prime Minister have already spoken out about the beacon of hope Tom had provided during this unprecedented crisis.
“Captain Sir Tom Moore was a hero in the truest sense of the word. In the dark days of the Second World War he fought for freedom and in the face of this country’s deepest post-war crisis he united us all, he cheered us all up, and he embodied the triumph of the human spirit,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a statement.
“He became not just a national inspiration but a beacon of hope for the world. Our thoughts are with his daughter Hannah and all his family.”
The flag at 10 Downing Street is currently flying at half mast.
— Captain Tom Moore (@captaintommoore) February 2, 2021