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Captain Sir Tom Moore has died in hospital after a brief battle with Covid-19 and pneumonia.

His daughters confirmed that the hero NHS fundraiser had died after spending his final hours with his family at his bedside.

The 100-year-old WW2 veteran and beloved fundraiser lost his life having been taken to Bedford Hospital on Sunday.

He had been receiving treatment for pneumonia for some time and tested positive for Covid-19 last week.

Poignant tributes have been paid by the Queen, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Health Secretary Matt Hancock, and Labour Leader Keir Starmer.

A heartbreaking statement from Sir Tom’s daughters, Hannah and Lucy, reads: “It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our dear father, Captain Sir Tom Moore.

“We are so grateful that we were with him during the last hours of his life; Hannah, Benjie and Georgia by his bedside and Lucy on FaceTime.

“We spent hours chatting to him, reminiscing about our childhood and our wonderful mother.

“We shared laughter and tears together.

“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 care our father received from the NHS and carers over the last few weeks and years of his life has been extraordinary.

“They have been unfalteringly professional, kind and compassionate and have given us many more years with him than we ever would have imagined.

“Over the past few days our father spoke a great deal about the last 12 months and how proud he felt at being able to leave behind the growing legacy of his Foundation.

“We politely ask for privacy at this time so we can grieve quietly as a family and remember the wonderful 100 years our father had.”

Captain Tom Moore has died after contracting Covid-19

The veteran’s family confirmed his illness on Sunday, with a statement on Capt Sir Tom’s Twitter page which said: “He was at home with us until today when he needed additional help with his breathing.

“He is being treated in a ward although he is not in ICU.

“The medical care he has received in the last few weeks has been remarkable and we know that the wonderful staff at Bedford Hospital will do all they can to make him comfortable and hopefully return home as soon as possible.

“We understand that everyone will be wishing him well.

“We are of course focussing on my father and will update you when we are able to.”

A spokesman for Sir Tom’s family also told the BBC that he had not yet received a Covid-19 vaccine because of the medication he was taking for pneumonia.

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said: “The Queen is sending a private message of condolence to the family of Captain Sir Tom Moore.

“Her Majesty very much enjoyed meeting Cpt Sir Tom and his family at Windsor last year.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “Captain Sir Tom Moore was a hero in the truest sense of the word. In the dark days of the Second World War he fought for freedom and in the face of this country’s deepest post war crisis he united us all, he cheered us all up, and he embodied the triumph of the human spirit.

“It is quite astonishing that at the age of 100 he raised more than £32 million for the NHS, and so gave countless others their own chance to thank the extraordinary men and women who have protected us through the pandemic.

“He became not just a national inspiration but a beacon of hope for the world. Our thoughts are with his daughter Hannah and all his family.”

Health Secretary Matt Hancock tweeted: “I’m so sorry to hear that Captain Tom has passed away in hospital.

“He was a great British hero that showed the best of our country & I send my best wishes to his family at this time.”

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer tweeted: “This is incredibly sad news. Captain Tom Moore put others first at a time of national crisis and was a beacon of hope for millions. Britain has lost a hero.”

Chancellor Rishi Sunak tweeted: “A proud Yorkshire man. A dedicated Army Officer.

“A tireless fundraiser. And above all, an inspiration to us all. Rest in peace Captain Tom.”

Fitness expert Joe Wicks, also known as The Body Coach, wrote on Instagram: “An inspiration who helped millions of people feel hopeful and optimistic during a difficult time. Rest in Peace Sir Captain Tom Moore.”

A statement was also posted on the Captain Tom Foundation website which said: “While the family grieve privately the wider team at The Captain Tom Foundation would like to express our heartbreak at today’s news.

“We are heartbroken by the passing of our Founder and inspiration Captain Sir Tom Moore.

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

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“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.”

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said: “I am deeply saddened to hear that Sir Captain Tom Moore has died. I pray for his family and friends, and I join millions across the country in mourning with them.

“Captain Tom was the very best of us. His courage, compassion, resilience, hope and generosity have been an inspiration to millions – and an example to us all. Where he walked a nation followed.

“I give thanks to God for such a long life, so well lived. May Captain Tom rest in peace.”

Capt Sir Tom’s fundraising efforts raised more than £32 million for the NHS, walking 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday during the first national lockdown in April.

The veteran set out to raise £1,000 from his lockdown charity challenge but his efforts struck a chord with the nation, and praise and donations flooded in.

In acknowledgement of his efforts, he was knighted by the Queen during a unique open-air ceremony at Windsor Castle in summer 2020.

He also bagged a Number 1 for his and Michael Ball’s cover of You’ll Never Walk Alone, becoming the oldest person to ever top the charts in the UK.

During an incredibly difficult year, the veteran’s fundraising and modest motto “we have to keep on going” inspired thousands of people up and down the country to take on charity challenges.

His incredible efforts saw him awarded a special Pride Of Britain award.

Sir Captain Tom also received tens of thousands of 100th birthday cards, with his grandson, Benji’s, school being used to house them all.

At midnight on his 100th birthday, Captain Tom officially ended his NHS challenge after smashing both his fundraising target and aim to walk 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday.

The nation’s hero was honoured on his 100th birthday with a special flypast over his home.

Appearing emotional, he watched the RAF flypast surrounded by family this morning – before he also became an honorary member of the England cricket team.

Special video birthday messages from the Prime Minister, his daughter and grandson were also shown in a touching morning of celebrations.

Tom, who was also promoted to colonel by the Queen, said: “Never ever did I ever think I would get anything like this.

“It’s difficult to put into words.”

In December Captain Sir Tom flew out to Barbados on a holiday with his family after British Airways paid for his flight.

A week before Christmas he tweeted: “Enjoying a beautiful family day in the Barbados sunshine

Eight decades ago, at the age of just 19, Captain Sir Tom was called up to serve with the 8th Battalion of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment and was stationed in India and Burma.

In a mark of how bright his star shone, an outline of the veteran twinkled above London during the New Year’s Eve firework display.

Captain Tom’s remarkable life

Born 100 years ago, Captain Tom Moore came to his country’s aid when it needed him most not once, but twice.

As one of the heroic veterans who fought in World War Two, the father-of-two served his country by putting his life on the line.

And then, 75 years after the war ended, he once again proved his brave selflessness by raising more than £39million for the NHS in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Captain Tom, as he was affectionately known before he was afforded his first extra honour by the Queen, fundraised by walking laps of his garden and captured the hearts of the nation in one of its darkest hours.

He had originally planned to raise just £1,000 but as his fans grew, so did the money that was rolling in.

Captain Tom raised the astonishing sum by walking around his Bedfordshire garden 100 times

And his incredible achievement earned him the ultimate honour in Britain when he was given a knighthood after a special recommendation by the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson.

Captain Tom also became the oldest person to ever score a UK Number One single with his rendition of You’ll Never Walk Alone, recorded with Michael Ball and the NHS Voices Of Care Choir.

His fundraising and modest motto “we have to keep on going” inspired thousands of people up and down the country to take on charity challenges and to keep smiling during an extremely difficult year.

And his incredible efforts saw him awarded a special Pride Of Britain award.

The brave former soldier has now passed away with the nation’s thanks ringing in his ears.

Born in Keighley, West Yorkshire, on April 30, Captain Tom was the son of a school headteacher while his dad worked in the building trade.

Educated at Keighley Grammar School, a young Captain Tom had a bright future ahead of him and embarked on an apprenticeship in civil engineering.

Captain Tom Moore captivated the nation with his fundraising

He told the Daily Mail : “I was always a very practical boy. The sort of toys I liked would be a piece of wood, some nails and hammer – that would keep me happy – and I learnt very quickly that if you hit your fingers, you didn’t do it again.”

But following the outbreak of World War Two in 1939, the then 19-year-old was conscripted to serve in the forces.

He served with the 8th Battalion of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment and was stationed in India and Burma.

He trained in Cornwall and was involved in defending the coast amid fears of a German invasion.

His dedication and ability shone through and he was soon promoted before being sent to an officer training unit.

Captain Tom was stationed in India and Burma

Shortly after he turned 21, Captain Tom was again promoted to Second Lieutenant before being sent to the Duke of Wellington headquarters.

In October, 1941, Captain Tom’s regiment were posted to India before moving on to Burma.

He was among the heroic troops from more than 40 countries to take part in the huge assault, across land and water, on Arakan.

This was a key part in recapturing the area before Armed Forces advanced on the capital of Burma, now Myanmar, Rancoon.

Despite its importance in the war, and the thousands of lives lost, the assault is often referred to as the ‘Forgotten War’.

Captain Tom served in India in World War Two

Captain Tom was determined to hold the memory of his comrades close to him when he took on his epic second challenge to raise much-needed funds for the NHS.

He honoured them by donning medals as he embarked on his daily 10 laps of his garden.

The proud veteran said: “It’s important. It shows that I was part of a very important and super army at the time who were all battling for our country, which we’re all so proud of.

“I still very proud of our country. There is nowhere like ours.”

After the war he returned to the UK and went to Bovington, Dorset, where he became an instructor at the Armoured Fighting Vehicle School.

Captain Tom remained in the forces until the 1960s

He didn’t leave the the armed forces until the 1960s, when he took a job as sales manager for a roofing company back in his native Yorkshire.

And it was here that he finally met the love of his life, Pamela.

Colonel Tom admitted he had “given up on love” but when he was 50 when he met his future wife, who was 35 and working as an office manager.

He said: “As it so happened, the office manager in Gravesend was a rather attractive young lady – she looked terrific to me, like a model – so I had to do various trips and, shall we say, the ­attraction with the office manager became stronger and I eventually married her.”

The couple tied the knot in 1968 and went on to have two daughters, Lucy and Hannah.

Captain Tom Moore and his bride Pamela during their 1968 wedding

He described their marriage as “a happy time” and the devoted couple loved the simple things in life.

Captain Tom joked: “Pamela loved nothing more than a trip to Marks & Spencer. That was her dream day out, so we did that a lot.”

Heartbreakingly, Pamela’s health started to decline 20 years ago and her devoted husband cared for her for two years.

When her condition needed extra medical attention, Pamela was moved into a care home but Captain Tom was still her main carer.

He would visit her every, single day and he was the one who fed her her meals and would sit with her for hours on end until she passed away 14 years ago.

Tom with daughters Lucy Teixeira (left) and Hannah Ingram-Moore

Captain Tom, who remained fiercely independent, then moved in with daughter, Hannah, along with his grandchildren, Georgia and Benjie, in the village of Marston Moretaine in Bedfordshire.

And it was here that he came up with his unique fundraising idea, which saw he praised by celebrities, politicians, sports men and women and even the Queen.

Determined to be in the best shape, Captain Tom ordered a treadmill.

His daughter, Lucy, said: “How many 99-year-olds order a running machine? That raised a few eyebrows when it arrived.

“But he wanted to improve his ability to walk in the winter because he knew he’d be sitting around more.”

Captain Tom Moore became the oldest artist to reach Number 1 for his charity single for the NHS

Following his incredible achievement, Captain Tom was awarded the title of colonel.

He was also been awarded a Defence Medal, after experts realised he was owed one decades ago – and then a knighthood, following a special recommendation for his efforts for the NHS.

It was added to the 1939-1945 Star, Burma Star and War Medal he wore on his walk.

Chief of the General Staff General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith made the appointment, which has been approved by the Queen, in order to inspire the next generation of soldiers.

Captain Tom said of the honour: “The Yorkshire Regiment is one of the – if not the – greatest regiments, and I am overwhelmed. It’s absolutely super.”

His centenary was marked by two military flypasts, while a GWR intercity express train has been named in his honour and his local postbox repainted in the colours of the NHS.

He also received tens of thousands of 100th birthday cards, with his grandson, Benji’s, school being used to house them all.

At midnight on his 100th birthday, Captain Tom officially ended his NHS challenge after smashing both his fundraising target and aim to walk 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday.

At the end of January his family released a statement saying he tested positive for coronavirus while being treated for pneumonia.

They explained he hadn’t been able to have the vaccine because of the medication he was on for the condition.

Captain Tom is survived by his two daughters and his grandchildren.

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