Britain’s Record-Breaking COVID-19 Fundraiser, Captain Sir Tom Moore, Dies at 100

British World War Two veteran Captain Sir Tom Moore, who raised millions of funds for healthcare workers in the fight against COVID-19, has died at the age of 100 after contracting the virus.

“It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our dear father, Captain Sir Tom Moore,” his daughters Hannah Ingram-Moore and Lucy Teixeira said in a statement on Feb. 2 at Bedford Hospital in central England.

Unable to receive the vaccination against the virus due to the medications he was taking for pneumonia, Moore tested positive for COVID-19 last Jan. 22 and died on Feb. 2.

Moore made headlines when he walked 100 laps at his garden in the village of Marston Moretaine in Bedfordshire last year during the first lockdown to raise funds for the National Health Service. He initially aimed to raise £1,000 (US$1,366), but he managed to raise up to £38.9 million (US$53.1 million), breaking records.

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said that the queen “very much enjoyed meeting Captain Sir Tom and his family at Windsor last year,” referring to when the queen knighted Moore last July.

“Her thoughts, and those of the royal family, are with them, recognizing the inspiration he provided for the whole nation and others across the world,” the spokesperson said.

“Captain Sir Tom Moore was a hero in the truest sense of the word,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a statement, adding that “he became not just a national inspiration but a beacon of hope for the world.”

The flag above 10 Downing Street has been flying at half-mast to pay tribute to Moore’s death.

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