Captain Sir Tom Moore, the Second World War veteran who was knighted after raising millions of pounds for the NHS during the UK’s first lockdown, has been admitted to hospital with coronavirus.
Captain Tom Moore has been rushed to Bedford Hospital with breathing difficulties after testing positive for coronavirus during treatment for pneumonia in recent weeks.
In a statement released by his daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore today, she said her dad tested positive for coronavirus last week while being treated for pneumonia.
Sir Tom was reportedly unable to have his Covid vaccine before catching the disease because of his pneumonia medications.
He was taken to a ward at Bedford Hospital today after requiring extra help with his breathing but is not in intensive care.
The statement reads: “I wanted to update everybody that today my father was admitted to hospital.
“Over the last few weeks he was being treated for pneumonia and last week tested positive for Covid-19.
“He was at home with us until today when he needed additional help with his breathing.
His daughter added: “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.
Michael Ball, who recorded a charity single with Capt Sir Tom that reached number one, tweeted: “Love and prayers for @captaintommoore and his lovely family as he battles this bastard of a virus.
“Stay strong Sir. We are all here for you.”
Sir Tom, born in Keighley, West Yorkshire, raised more than £33million for the NHS by walking 100 laps of his garden in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire.
After his 100th lap, with his medals on display, he gave reassurance to a worried nation, which had seen their lives turned upside down by the virus.
He said: “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.”
He was knighted by the Queen, hit number one in the singles chart and received a Pride of Britain award.
In December he and his family flew to Barbados.
On Twitter, Sir Tom said: Enjoying a beautiful family day in the Barbados sunshine #TomorrowWillBeAGoodDay.
The 100-year-old said he never thought he would get to travel again at his age.
He added: “The support I have been shown in 2020 has given me renewed energy and today I get to tick something off my bucket list.”