/Captain Sir Tom Moore, who raised $57 million for Britain’s NHS, is hospitalised with COVID-19 – ABC News

Captain Sir Tom Moore, who raised $57 million for Britain’s NHS, is hospitalised with COVID-19 – ABC News

Captain Sir Tom Moore, the 100-year-old World War II veteran who captivated the British public in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic with his fundraising efforts, has been hospitalised with COVID-19, his daughter says.

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Captain Sir Tom was thrust into the spotlight in April when he was filmed walking laps, with the help of a frame, around his garden in the village of Marston Moretaine, north of London.

He hoped to raise 1,000 pounds.

Instead, he raised about 31 million pounds ($57 million) for the National Health Service, broke two Guinness world records, was knighted by Queen Elizabeth, scored a number one single recording You’ll Never Walk Alone with Michael Ball, wrote an autobiography and helped set up a charity.

“I wanted to update everybody that today … my father was admitted to hospital,” his daughter, Hannah Ingram-Moore, said on Twitter.

“Over the last few weeks he was being treated for pneumonia and last week tested positive for COVID-19.

“He was at home with us until today when he needed additional help with his breathing. He is being treated in a ward, although he is not in ICU.”

She said he had been receiving “remarkable” medical care in the past few weeks.

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The family said they knew the staff at Bedford Hospital would do all they could to make him comfortable and that he would “hopefully return home as soon as possible”, she added.

Britain has vaccinated nearly 9 million people against coronavirus, with the over-80s in one of the top priority groups.

But Sky News quoted a family representative as saying Captain Sir Tom had not yet received a vaccine because he was being treated for pneumonia.

His hospitalisation prompted an outpouring of support.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Twitter his thoughts were with Captain Sir Tom and his family.

“You’ve inspired the whole nation, and I know we are all wishing you a full recovery,” Mr Johnson said.

Opposition Labour leader Keir Starmer also wished him well.

“The whole nation hopes you get well soon @captaintommoore. You’ve been an inspiration to us all throughout this crisis,” he said.