'Captain Tom,' U.K.'s hero Covid fundraiser, dies after testing positive

LONDON – Captain Tom, the 100 year old World War II veteran who raised millions for the UK National Health Service last year, confirmed his death on Tuesday just days after testing positive for Covid-19 Family.

In a statement, his daughters Hannah Ingram-Moore and Lucy Teixeira said they could spend the last hours of his life with him and remember their childhoods.

“We shared laughter and tears together,” said Ingram-Moore, adding that 2020 was “nothing short of remarkable” for her father.

Moore made international headlines last year when he launched a fundraiser in support of the NHS.

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).

He eventually raised £ 33 million ($ 41 million) for the country’s healthcare.

On Sunday, Ingram-Moore said her father was being treated for pneumonia and tested positive for the coronavirus last week. He was admitted to the hospital for “extra help with breathing”.

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted about Moore’s death and said: “In the face of the deepest post-war crisis in this country, he united us all, cheered us all and embodied the triumph of the human spirit.”

Queen Elizabeth II has also sent a private message of condolences to Moore’s family, so a Tweet from Buckingham Palace.

Moore was knighted by the Queen at a ceremony at Windsor Castle in July when she thanked him for the “amazing” amount of money he had raised.

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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.

“Not only did he unite the nation and give hope when it was most needed, but he was also our beacon every day,” said his namesake foundation, which was established after his fundraising walk, in a statement.

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

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