“Captain Tom,” the British veteran who raised millions for the National Health Service last year, has tested positive for Covid-19 and is currently in hospital.
Sir Tom Moore was treated for pneumonia last week and tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a statement by his daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore. He was admitted to the hospital on Sunday for “extra help with breathing”.
“The medical care he has received over the past few weeks has been remarkable and we know that the wonderful staff at Bedford Hospital will do everything possible to make him comfortable and hopefully return home as soon as possible,” it said in his daughter’s statement.
According to the statement, he is not in the intensive care unit.
Moore made international headlines last year when he launched a fundraiser in support of the NHS in April, thanks to his daughter’s idea of keeping him active during the pandemic. He promised to run 100 laps of his 50-meter-long garden before his 100th birthday and initially hoped to raise £ 1,000 ($ 1,244).
His fundraiser ultimately raised £ 33 million ($ 41 million) for the country’s health care system.
The campaign also earned Moore several awards, including a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II. The Queen, who turned 94 last year, met Moore at an outdoor ceremony at Windsor Castle in July to present the award. She thanked him for the “amazing” amount of money he had raised.
Moore served with the British Army in India, Burma and World War II as a captain, but received the honorary title of Colonel after his fundraiser.
Britain celebrated Moore’s 100th birthday in April with a transfer of two WWII-era aircraft.