Published: Tue, February 02, 2021
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Captain Sir Tom Moore has died

Captain Sir Tom Moore has died

Captain Sir Tom Moore, the second world war veteran who raised nearly £39m for NHS charities during the first coronavirus lockdown in spring 2020, has died aged 100 after testing positive for coronavirus, The Guardian reports.

His daughters Hannah and Lucy confirmed Moore's death in a statement.

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said that the vereran's "courage, compassion, resilience, hope and generosity have been an inspiration for millions, and an example for us all".

Photos of Moore behind his walker, in a coat and tie, military medals on his chest, cheered millions in the the nation struggled through the early months of the coronavirus pandemic.

Moore, who rose to the rank of captain while serving in India and Myanmar during World War II, was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in July for his fundraising efforts.

'The past year of our father's life was nothing short of remarkable.

"In the dark days of the Second World War he fought for freedom and in the face of this country's deepest post war crisis he united us all", Mr Johnson said in a statement.

"I'm so sorry to hear that Captain Tom has passed away in hospital", British health minister Matt Hancock said on Twitter.

Captain Tom, a WWII veteran, became the nation's sweetheart after he set an initial goal of raising £1,000 by his 100th birthday in April 2020 by walking around his garden in Maston Moretaine, Bedfordshire, with a walking frame.

The Kent Police Specials account tweeted: "What a true hero in all of this uncertainty, he showed us all that at any age you can follow your dreams and be an inspiration to so many".

Speaking at the time, he said: "I am absolutely overawed".

Chancellor Rishi Sunak wrote: "A proud Yorkshire man". Above and beyond. Rest in peace'.

Sir Kier Starmer said Britian had "lost a hero".

One user said: "What a wonderful man and he will be forever in our hearts".

"We have been working with Captain Tom to create positive impact around causes close to his and the families hearts, from combating loneliness to championing education and equality and of course supporting the incredible NHS carers and frontline workers whom he held in such high regard".

He had not been vaccinated because he had been receiving treatment for pneumonia, his family said.

Captain Tom is survived by his daughters Hannah and Lucy, and four grandchildren.

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