Tom Moore, the British veteran who raised millions, has died

World War II veteran Tom Moore is raising money for the NHS, aiming to complete 100 tours of his garden by his 100th birthday at the end of April.

British Captain Tom Moore, the World War II veteran who boosted the morale of a nation by raising millions of pounds for health workers battling the coronavirus, died Tuesday aged 100 after contracting Covid-19.

Moore struck a chord with locked Britain as he strolled through his garden using an executive to raise £ 38.9million ($ 53million) for the National Health Service.

His efforts and his wit spread joy amid the grim news of the coronavirus outbreak: Moore’s message to the world was that the sun would shine again and the clouds would clear.

“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear father, Captain Sir Tom Moore,” his daughters said in a statement after his death Tuesday morning at Bedford Hospital in central England.

In the past five years, he had received treatment for prostate and skin cancer, his family said. He was battling pneumonia and was taken to hospital after testing positive for Covid-19 on January 22, unable to get the vaccine due to other medications he was taking.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Queen Elizabeth led the tributes to Moore, whose exploits have garnered worldwide admiration.

“Captain Tom Moore was a hero in the truest sense of the word,” said Johnson, who reached out to Moore’s daughter, Hannah, to convey his condolences. “He has become not only a national inspiration but a beacon of hope for the world.”

The flag above his Downing Street office was half-masted in Moore’s honor.

The Queen, who knighted Moore at Windsor Castle last summer in recognition of her efforts, will send a message of private condolences to the family, Buckingham Palace said, adding that the 94-year-old monarch had “very much appreciated to meet Captain Sir Tom “. .

“His thoughts and those of the royal family are with them, acknowledging the inspiration he has provided to the entire nation and others across the world,” the palace said.

The White House also paid tribute to a man “who inspired millions of people with his life and his actions.”

When Moore, clad in a blazer and tie, began his sponsored walk home in the village of Marston Moretaine, 80 km (50 miles) north of London, he hoped to raise 1,000 pounds.

Instead, he raised a world record amount for the National Health Service, with his quiet determination and cheerful outlook that won the hearts of the British public.

Sun during confinement

“The last year of our father’s life has been nothing short of remarkable. He has been rejuvenated and experienced things he never dreamed of,” his daughters said.

“While he was in so many hearts for a short time, he was an amazing father and grandfather, and he will stay alive in our hearts forever.”

Such was his fame that his 100th birthday was marked with a message from Johnson, promotion to colonel, and parades by historic RAF planes and modern helicopters over his home.

He received more than 125,000 birthday cards from supporters around the world and became the oldest person to reach the number one spot on the UK musical singles charts, appearing on a cover of “You’ll Never Walk Alone”.

“I never, ever anticipated anything like this in my life, it’s really amazing,” Moore said when he turned 100 on April 30. “Thank you very much to everyone, wherever you are.”

Raised in Yorkshire, northern England, Moore served in India, Burma and Sumatra during World War II.

Soldiers from the First Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment, successor to his, presented him with a guard of honor when he completed the 100th pitch of the garden on April 16, 2020.

Moore found words to boost British public morale during the lockdown, with his veteran status adding to his reputation.

“For all those people who are struggling right now, the sun will shine on you again and the clouds will go away,” he said after completing his sponsored walk.

“You all have to remember that we will get there at the end, everything will be fine, it might take a while. At the end of the day, everything will be fine again.”

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