/‘Captain Tom,’ U.K.’s hero coronavirus fundraiser, dies after testing positive for Covid-19

‘Captain Tom,’ U.K.’s hero coronavirus fundraiser, dies after testing positive for Covid-19

LONDON — “Captain Tom,” the 100-year-old U.K. veteran who raised millions for the country’s National Health Service (NHS) last year, has died Tuesday, just days after he tested positive for Covid-19, his family has confirmed.

In a statement, his daughters Hannah Ingram-Moore and Lucy Teixeira said they were able to spend the last hours of their father’s life with him, reminiscing about their childhood.

“We shared laughter and tears together,” Ingram-Moore said, adding that last year was “nothing short of remarkable” for her father.

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— Captain Tom Moore (@captaintommoore)

Moore made international headlines last year when he began a fundraising campaign to support the NHS in April, thanks to an idea from his daughter to keep him active during the pandemic.

He pledged to walk 100 laps around his 50-yard-long garden before his 100th birthday, and initially hoped to raise 1,000 pounds ($1,244).

His fundraiser ultimately raised 33 million pounds ($41 million) for the country’s health service.

On Sunday, his daughter, Hannah Ingram-Moore, said Captain Tom was being treated for pneumonia and tested positive for the coronavirus last week. He was admitted to the hospital Sunday for “additional help with his breathing.”

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British health minister Matt Hancock tweeted about Captain Tom’s passing, saying: “He was a great British hero that showed the best of our country.”

Queen Elizabeth II has also sent a private message of condolence to Moore’s family, according to a tweet from Buckingham Palace.

He received a knighthood from the Queen at a ceremony at Windsor Castle in July when she thanked him for the “amazing” amount of money he raised.

100-year-old veteran Captain Tom Moore knighted by Queen Elizabeth

Moore served with the British Army in India, Burma, and World War II as a captain, but was given the honorary title of colonel after his fundraiser.

Britain celebrated Moore’s 100th birthday in April with a flyover of two World War II-era aircrafts.

“As well as uniting the nation and giving hope when it was needed most, he has been our beacon of light every single day,” his namesake foundation set up in the wake of his fundraising walk said in a statement.

“Thank you Captain Sir Tom,” the foundation’s statement said. “Because of you tomorrow will be a good day for so many more.”