Captain Sir Tom Moore, who inspired the nation with his birthday walk, has died

Jane McGuire
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From Runner's World

  • Captain Sir Tom Moore, who raised almost £33 million for the NHS, has died after contracting Coronavirus. He was 100.

  • His daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore said he had been treated for pneumonia over the past few weeks, and tested positive for Covid-19 last week.

Last April, Captain Tom, as he is known, said he would walk 100 laps of the 25-metre loop in his garden before his 100th birthday, hoping to raise £1000 for the NHS. He set himself the challenge as a way of thanking the ‘magnificent’ NHS staff who helped him recover from his cancer treatment and a broken hip. Tom captured the hearts of the nation with his challenge, and ended up raising almost £33 million.

Tragically, on Tuesday 2 February, it was announced that Captain Sir Tom Moore (Moore was knighted last July) had died from Coronavirus. His daughter, Hannah Ingram-Moore, said he had been treated in hospital for pneumonia over the past few weeks and tested positive for Covid-19 last week.

The Queen has shared a message of condolence to Captain Sir Tom Moore's family:

In a statement, Capt Sir Tom's daughters Mrs Ingram-Moore and Lucy Teixeira said: '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.'

Just a few days after Tom announced his walk, more than 700,000 people had sponsored him on his Justgiving page, which temporarily crashed on the day Tom finished his challenge. Tom inspired many others, of all ages and abilities, to get out and get moving during last spring's lockdown.

At the time, Ingram-Moore, told BBC News: 'We are absolutely floored by what has been achieved but we're so happy, so humbled and so proud. He's a beacon of hope in dark times and I think we all need something like this to believe in and it's for such an amazing cause.'

Soldiers from 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment formed a Guard of Honour for Tom as he completed his final laps of his garden. A spokesperson for the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, said Tom had 'captured the heart of the nation with his heroic efforts' and raised an 'incredible amount' of money.

Tom’s Justgiving page reads, ‘Tom was born and brought up in Keighley, Yorkshire. He went to Keighley Grammar School and later completed an apprenticeship as a Civil Engineer. Tom went on to be enlisted in 8 DWR (145 RAC) at the beginning of the war, and in 1940 was selected for officer training. He was later posted to 9DWR in India, and served and fought on the Arakan, went to Regiment to Sumatra after the Japanese surrender and returned to be an Instructor at Armoured Fighting Vehicle School in Bovington.’

When reaching the £2 million mark, Captain Tom told BBC News: ‘When you think of who it is all for - all those brave and super doctors and nurses we have got - I think they deserve every penny, and I hope we get some more for them too.’

Shortly after finishing his challenge, he added, 'You've all got to remember that we will get through it in the end, it will all be right. For all those people finding it difficult at the moment, the sun will shine on you again and the clouds will go away.'

A spokesperson for Justgiving confirmed it was the largest amount ever raised on the platform.

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