He was a national hero to all the British people. Tom Moore passed away this Tuesday, February 2. The former captain took his last breath at the age of 100 after contracting the Coronavirus. He was hospitalized last Sunday, January 31, at Bedford Hospital. It is his family who broke the sad news. “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear father, ‘Captain’ Tom Moore,” his daughters Hannah and Lucie said in a statement, adding that they are “grateful to have been by his side during the last hours of his life “and saluting” the remarkable last year “of his life.
Tom Moore was a WWII veteran dear to the hearts of the British. During the first lockdown, the veteran made it his mission to help the UK’s public health service, the NHS. Tom Moore, then 99 years old, had wanted to collect 1,000 pounds, or 1,100 euros, by traveling 100 back and forth in his garden, in the south of England. Seeing Tom Moore give body and soul to his challenge and walk with his walker, the British were touched. The challenge has taken on enormous proportions to the point of collecting 33 million pounds of donations, or 37 million euros. A feat that allowed him to appear in the Guinness Book of Records for raising the most money during a charity walk.
Tom Moore’s achievement for UK hospitals
Upon learning of the death of Tom Moore, Queen Elizabeth II paid a touching tribute to him. On the Royal Family’s official Instagram account, a post was shared in honor of the veteran, with a photo of him and the Queen of England. “The Queen sends a private message of condolences to the family of Captain Sir Tom Moore. His Majesty very much enjoyed meeting Captain Sir Tom and his family in Windsor last year. His thoughts and those of the Royal Family are with them.” , can we read. On July 17, 2020, Queen Elizabeth II himself knighted him in a ceremony at Windsor Castle.
Queen Elizabeth II and Tom Moore © Instagram