Sir Captain Tom Moore Has Died Aged 100
Sir Captain Tom Moore Has Died Aged 100, who became a national hero after raising millions of pounds for the NHS by walking laps of his garden.
His family announced the news on Twitter. He was being treated in the hospital for COVID-19 and pneumonia.
Not only did Tom successfully complete his mission two weeks before his birthday, but he also went on to raise an astonishing £32 million, having set an initial fundraising target of £1,000.
Tom’s fundraising came at the perfect time for NHS employees working tirelessly on the frontlines to battle the ongoing health crisis. Sir Captain Tom Moore Has Died Aged 100
Upon finishing his 100th lap on April 16, Tom received messages via BBC Breakfast from NHS staff and supporters such as cricketer Ben Stokes.
After watching the messages, Tom said:
I think it’s difficult to say [how the messages made him feel]. They are really super people speaking – it’s out of this world.
[…] I never, ever dreamt I’d be involved in such an occasion as this.
We are doing so well and, knowing the reason that we started off with was for the NHS – it’s really for all the people that are supporting and all the people finding it very difficult at the moment, and some people are finding it difficult.
I think if you’re held up in your house at the moment, it’s likely to go on a little longer. I think you’re all being very, very good and I think you’re also being brave.
Following Tom’s efforts, an online petition to get the veteran a knighthood amassed more than 900,000 signatures, with Sir Captain Tom eventually traveling to Windsor Castle to receive the honor in person from the Queen.
Not content with his record-breaking fund-raising effort, Tom also went on to become the oldest ever person to have a Number One single in the UK, for his performance on Michael Ball’s charity rendition of You’ll Never Walk Alone.
Along with his family, he has continued to raise money for the NHS through his charity, the Captain Tom Foundation.
Sir Captain Tom Moore Has Died Aged 100. Tom was diagnosed with COVID-19 after having been admitted to the hospital in January with pneumonia. He was prevented from receiving the vaccine due to the medication he was taking to treat pneumonia. In an update posted earlier on Tuesday, February 2, the hospital where he was being treated said that he was surrounded by his family.
Rest in peace, Tom – we hope the sun’s shining on you wherever you are.
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