100-year-old U.K. war veteran who raised millions to fight pandemic hospitalized with COVID-19

100-year-old U.K. war veteran who raised millions to fight pandemic hospitalized with COVID-19

Capt. Sir Tom Moore, the 100-year-old Second World War veteran who captivated the British public in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic with his fundraising efforts, has been hospitalized with COVID-19, his daughter said Sunday.

Hannah Ingram-Moore revealed in a statement posted on Twitter that her father, widely known as Captain Tom, has been admitted to Bedford Hospital because he needed “additional help” with his breathing.

She said that over the past few weeks, her father had been treated for pneumonia and that he had tested positive for COVID-19 last week.

Ingram-Moore said he is being treated in a ward, not in an intensive care unit.

“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,” she said.

Moore became an emblem of hope in the early weeks of the pandemic in April when he walked 100 laps around his garden in England for the National Health Service to coincide with his 100th birthday. Instead of his goal of 1,000 pounds ($1,750 Cdn), he raised about 33 million pounds ($57.8 million Cdn).

His efforts inspired many, including Oak Bay’s John Hillman, a 101-year-old Second World War veteran and Burma Star holder, who walked 101 laps around the Carlton House courtyard last year to raise money for Save the Children Canada’s COVID-19 Relief Fund. Hillman managed to raise $166,551.

Moore, who rose to the rank of captain while serving in India and Burma during the war, was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in July for his fundraising efforts.

Best wishes came in from far and wide, including from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who said in a tweet that Moore had “inspired the whole nation, and I know we are all wishing you a full recovery.”

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