The 100-year-old WWII veteran, Tom Moore, who was raising millions for the UK’s National Health Service, passed away today after contracting COVID-19.
Moore, known as Captain Tom, had garnered love and attention as he tirelessly helped battle the COVID-19 pandemic. He raised $45 million by showing himself walking laps around his garden last year.
British War Hero Passes Away
His initial goal in early April was to raise $1,250 by walking the 82-foot length of his garden 100 times, using his walker as support as well. He ended up absolutely shattering his goal with millions supporting him worldwide.
He was modest and selfless. All he wanted was to help others. He said, “It’s all for the sake of the nurses and the NHS we have, because they are doing such a magnificent job … Every penny that we get, they deserve every one of it,” according to BBC.
The family released a statement of his death to PA Media, according to CNN.
“It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our dear father, Captain Sir Tom Moore.” He was taken to the hospital on Sunday after sharing that he was having difficulty breathing. Moore had been recently treated for pneumonia as well.
Due to being in the process of getting treatment for his pneumonia, he was unable to get the vaccine for COVID-19.
“The last year of our father’s life was nothing short of remarkable. He was rejuvenated and experienced things he’d only ever dreamed of. Whilst he’d been in so many hearts for just a short time, he was an incredible father and grandfather, and he will stay alive in our hearts forever,” the family said in the same statement.
The Last Year of Tom Moore’s Life
To say that Captain Tom Moore’s last year alive was epic may even be an understatement.
He has a military promotion and knighthood status from Queen Elizabeth II. Moore even spent some time creating music.
According to The Guardian, he is the oldest artist to ever claim the UK No. 1 spot with his cover of “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” It was a collaboration with Michael Ball and the NHS Voices of Care choir. This charity was created to raise funds for NHS and sold 82,000 units. He had already raised millions for the NHS at this point.
“My grandchildren can’t believe I am a chart-topper! We’re in this together, and I am for ever grateful for your support. And this just proves: you’ll never walk alone,'” Moore said to The Guardian.
The British war veteran was honored on his 100th birthday in April during the coronavirus lockdown. A flyby occurred above his home in Bedfordshire. At the same time, Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Boris Johnson led tributes to the WWII veteran.
The next month he was also awarded knighthood and would be known as Captain Sir Thomas Moore. He was knighted in Windsor Castle, the first official in-person engagement the Queen had since lockdown.
A Global Inspiration
According to The Washington Post, the Royal Mail even issued special postmarks with the name and birthdate of the beloved and charitable veteran. Moore also now has a railway car with a name to honor him.
Moore received a military upgrade from captain to colonel.
“His mature wisdom, no-nonsense attitude and humour in adversity make him an inspirational role model to generations young and old,” the British Army’s Chief of the General Staff said of his promotion.
A huge influx of people is mourning the loss of Captain Tom Moore on social media around the world. His message of “You’ll Never Walk Alone” has reached the hearts of millions of people now devastated by his death.