The captain tom moore, a century-old veteran who became the hero of the British after raising a record sum for the health service in the midst of a pandemic, was hospitalized on Sunday January 31, 2021 after being in turn contaminated by the coronavirus, announced his family.
“In recent weeks, he was being treated for pneumonia and he tested positive for Covid-19 last week”, his daughter Hannah said on Twitter. “He was at home with us until today when he needed extra help with breathing”, she added.
He was admitted to hospital in Bedford (central England) but is not in intensive care, she continued, saying she hopes he will return home. ” as soon as possible “.
He raised over € 36million to help the NHS
« Captain Tom », who took part in the Second World War, had achieved the feat of raising the unprecedented sum of 33 million pounds (37 million euros) – approved by the Guinness Academy – by taking small steps, equipped with his walker, 100 laps of his Bedfordshire garden ahead of his 100th birthday, April 30, 2020.
This record fundraiser started modestly, when he challenged himself to obtain 1,000 pounds for associations linked to the public health service, the NHS, on the front line in the fight against the coronavirus.
He was knighted by Elizabeth II for his feat
Now 100 years old, the veteran was named colonel on the occasion of his birthday, which had taken on the appearance of a national celebration. It was furthermore knighted by Queen Elizabeth II last July at the request of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who called him “National treasure”.
Tom Moore’s story and the influx of donations he generated had put balm to the heart of the British, whose country is the most mourned in Europe by the coronavirus with more than 106,000 dead.