Sir Captain Tom Moore dies after contracting Covid-19

Tributes have been paid to Sir Captain Tom Moore, who died after being admitted to hospital earlier this week for Covid-19.

The 100-year-old war veteran was taken to hospital after being tested positive for Covid-19 while receiving care for pneumonia.

Record breaking fundraiser Captain Tom Moore raised more than £32m for NHS Charities Together amid the Covid-19 lockdown.

“We are heartbroken by the passing of our Founder and inspiration Captain Sir Tom Moore, said the Captain Tom Foundation, the charity set up following his fundraising heroics.

“As well as uniting the nation and giving hope when it was needed most he has been our beacon of light every single day.

“He was so passionate about The Foundation’s vision for a more hopeful world and equal society and was immensely proud of the growing legacy it was establishing in his name.

“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.

“Captain Tom’s actions inspired people across the world and he was extremely honoured that The Foundation might inspire a new generation of Captain Toms. We can all make a difference and through our continued work we will aspire to ensure Tom’s message of hope becomes an enduring legacy.

“Whilst we mourn his loss, we celebrate his life and will be forever grateful for his optimistic philosophy and wonderful spirit.

“Thank you Captain Sir Tom. Because of you tomorrow will be a good day for so many more.”

Captain Moore originally had originally aimed to bring in £1,000 for NHS Charities Together by walking around his garden 100 times to mark his 100th birthday last year.

After raising more than £32m he earned himself two places in the Guinness Book of Records.

This was for the most money raised for an individual charity walk and also for the oldest person to have a number one selling single in the UK charts, for his charity version of You’ll Never Walk Alone.

In November, ahead of England’s second lockdown he launched a new fundraising push, #WalkWithTom, urging others to stage their own sponsored event.

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