Tom Moore raised more than $ 41 million for the health service by walking through his garden during last year’s lockdown.
Centennial captain Tom Moore, who captivated the British public at the start of the coronavirus pandemic with his fundraising efforts, has been admitted to hospital after testing positive for COVID-19, according to his daughter.
The British World War II veteran captured the imagination of audiences in April, just before his 100th birthday, when he was filmed taking walks using a walker around his backyard in the village of Marston Moretaine, north London.
He hoped to raise 1,000 pounds ($ 1,370). Instead, he raised over 30 million pounds ($ 41 million) for the National Health Service, broke two Guinness World Records, was knighted by Queen Elizabeth, scored a number 1 single, wrote an autobiography and helped start a charity.
“I wanted to let everyone know that today… my father was admitted to the hospital,” her daughter, Hannah Ingram-Moore, said on Twitter on Sunday.
“In the past few weeks he has been treated for pneumonia and last week tested positive for COVID-19. He was at home with us until today when he needed extra help with his breathing. He is being treated in a ward, although he is not in an ICU (intensive care unit), ”she said.
– Hannah Ingram-Moore (@Hannah_I_M) January 31, 2021
She said he had received “remarkable” medical care in recent weeks. The family knew that the staff at Bedford Hospital would do everything in their power to make him comfortable and “I hope to get home as soon as possible,” she added.
The UK has vaccinated nearly nine million people against the coronavirus, with those over 80 being one of the priority groups. But Sky News quoted a family representative who said Moore has yet to receive a vaccine because he was being treated for pneumonia.
Moore, who rose to the rank of captain while serving in India and Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, during World War II, was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in July for his collecting efforts of funds.
His hospitalization sparked a wave of support.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Twitter his thoughts were with Moore and his family.
“You have inspired the whole nation and I know we all wish you a full recovery,” Johnson said.
Opposition Labor Leader Keir Starmer also wished him luck, saying: “The whole nation is hoping you get well soon @captaintommoore. You have been an inspiration to us throughout this crisis.