100-year-old Brit who raised $45 million to fight COVID-19 is now hospitalized with it

Tom Moore holds his medal up after being knighted by Queen Elizabeth II
Capt. Tom Moore shows off his medal after receiving a knighthood from Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II last July.
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Tom Moore, the 100-year-old World War II veteran whose fundraising effort to fight COVID-19 captivated Britain, is now hospitalized with the disease, his daughter says.

Hannah Ingram-Moore revealed in a statement posted on Twitter on Sunday that her father, widely known as Capt. 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 tested positive for the coronavirus last week.


She said he was being treated in a regular hospital 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 last April when he walked 100 laps around his garden in England as a fundraiser for the National Health Service to coincide with his 100th birthday. Instead of hitting his goal of 1,000 pounds ($1,370), he wound up raising about 33 million pounds ($45 million).

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