Celebrities, politicians, NHS staff and Britons all over the country sent their best wishes to Captain Sir Tom Moore last night, after he was admitted to hospital with coronavirus.
The 100-year-old’s family shared news of his hospital admission and revealed how he had suffered with pneumonia over the ‘past few weeks’ before also testing positive for coronavirus a week ago.
The war veteran was taken to Bedford Hospital in Bedfordshire on Sunday after requiring ‘help with his breathing’ but is not currently in intensive care.
A family spokesman also revealed that the war veteran has not had the coronavirus vaccine because of his battle with pneumonia.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson led well-wishers after the news of the veteran’s Covid battle broke. He said: ‘My thoughts are very much with @CaptainTomMoore and his family. You’ve inspired the whole nation, and I know we are all wishing you a full recovery.’
Britons up and down the country also sent their heartfelt wishes with Michael Ball, the singer who scored a number one hit with Captain Tom, writing: ‘Love and prayers for @captaintommoore and his lovely family as he battles this b****** of a virus. Stay strong Sir. We are all here for you.’
Opposition Labour leader Keir Starmer wrote: ‘The whole nation hopes you get well soon @captaintommoore. You’ve been an inspiration to us all throughout this crisis.’
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: ‘Thank you to our brilliant NHS for taking care of @CaptainTomMoore. Hoping for a speedy recovery and to see Captain Tom back home with his family soon.’
GMB presenter Piers Morgan wrote: ‘Come on, Captain Sir Tom – we’re all rooting for you.’
Captain Tom has been admitted to hospital after struggling with coronavirus and pneumonia over the past few weeks, his family have revealed
Captain Tom receiving his knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II during a ceremony at Windsor Castle. He raised almost £33 million for the NHS
Captain Sir Tom Moore (pictured in April) became a national treasure during the first coronavirus lockdown after he raised more than £32 million for the NHS by walking 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday
BBC Radio 2 host Zoe Ball tweeted: ‘Sending all the love and strength to Sir Captain Tom Moore x.’
Britain’s Got Talent host Amanda Holden said: ‘Goodness me. Wishing you a speedy recovery and look forward to a cup of tea with you when it’s safe.’
Only Fools and Horses star John Challis said: ‘Please give my very best wishes to your wonderful father. Hurry home Sir.
Carol Vorderman wrote: ‘Sending love and all strength.’
London Ambulance Service worker Sean Ash said: ‘Get well soon Tom! We are all rooting for you.’
And RAF Group Captain Jo Lincoln said: ‘Thinking of you all. Come on Captain Sir Tom, you are a warrior, a true gentleman and the nation’s hero.’
Captain Tom became a national treasure during the first coronavirus lockdown after he raised more than £32 million for the NHS by walking 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday.
His fundraising led to a slew of personal honours and he was knighted by the Queen and also made an honorary army colonel.
Captain Tom also became GQ magazine’s oldest cover star and scored a number one hit with Michael Ball in a charity recording of You’ll Never Walk Alone.
In December, he and his family also jetted off to Barbados after British Airways offered them a free flight.
The family statement announcing Captain’s Tom’s illness was posted on his Twitter page and read: ‘I wanted to update everybody that today (Sunday 31 January) 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. He is being treated in a ward although he is not in ICU.
Captain Tom Moore, with (left to right) grandson Benji, daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore and granddaughter Georgia
He was named GQ’s Inspiration of the Year 2020 and also scored a No. 1 single, wrote an autobiography and is helping to set up a charity
In an interview with the magazine , Sir Tom opened up about his 20-year first marriage, his beloved late wife’s battle with dementia, and how he wants to be there for ‘lonely people in need of help
‘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.
‘We understand that everyone will be wishing him well. We are of course focussing on my father and will update you when we are able to.’
The message was signed off ‘Hannah x’.
Captain Tom set out to raise £1,000 from his lockdown charity challenge but his efforts struck a chord with the nation, and praise and donations flooded in.
He wrote an autobiography and is helping to set up a charity.
He also launched a £35.95 bottle of gin, his own podcast and there is even a move in the works after UK companies Fred Films and Powder Keg Pictures bought the rights to the feature about the former British Army captain.
The centenarian smiled as he sat in a plane seat emblazoned with his name in a picture shared to his official Twitter page as he revealed the flight ticked an item ‘off his bucket list’.
He said at the time: ‘I never thought that, at the age of 100, I would get to travel again. I’m so grateful to everyone who has made this possible. The support I have been shown in 2020 has given me renewed energy and today I get to tick something off my bucket list.’
Captain Sir Tom Moore (pictured in his BA plane seat) and his family jetted off to Barbados after British Airways offered him free flight in December
Sir Tom Moore (pictured front) along with his grandchildren Benji (left), Georgia (middle left), his daughter Hannah (middle right) and her husband Colin Ingram (right) as they enjoyed the Barbados sunshine
Captain Tom’s daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore, a recruitment officer, from Marston Moretaine in Bedfordshire, revealed the fundraising idea came about after her husband Colin challenged his father-in-law to to do 100 laps before his birthday.
Mrs Ingram-Moore revealed how her father had a fall in their kitchen at the end of 2018 and had bought himself a treadmill to rehabilitate after he fractured his hip.
The veteran came out with his walker one lockdown weekend and her husband said: ‘Carry on walking, Tom, we’ll give you a pound a lap. Do 100 by your 100th birthday.’
The family were forced to cancel his birthday party in April because of Covid-19 restrictions but set up a JustGiving page in the hope they would raise £1,000.
She told how the total went to £2,000 overnight and £12 million a month later after Sir Tom featured on BBC Breakfast and Michael Ball spoke to him on BBC Radio Two.
She described how the family were ‘not eating or sleeping’ to manage the technology, phone calls and emails while keeping the recruitment business going.
Captain Sir Thomas Moore poses for the media after receiving his knighthood from the Queen at a ceremony at Windsor Castle in July
Captain Tom’s daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore, a recruitment officer, from Marston Moretaine in Bedfordshire, revealed the fundraising idea came about after her husband Colin challenged his father-in-law to to do 100 laps before his birthday
‘Dad could see we were so tired and he said: ”Should we make this stop? I’m worried for you.” It was a watershed moment,’ Mrs Ingram-Moore said.
She continued: ‘We said: ‘No, because what you are doing is having such a positive impact on people around the world. We just have to manage it.’
In an interview with GQ after his award, the veteran opened up about his 20-year first marriage, his beloved late wife’s battle with dementia, and how he wants to be there for ‘lonely people in need of help’.
The 100-year-old broke down as he discussed the moment he realised he would have to put his wife into a care home.
He told the magazine: ‘Taking her… she didn’t really know what we were doing. And I felt… I felt I was letting her down.
‘I realise it was the best that could be done. I realise my effort wasn’t enough.’
The national treasure also joked about installing two stair lifts at his home and how he enjoys ‘lots of sugar’ on his porridge every morning, ‘because cholesterol is the least of his worries at 100’.
From Yorkshire to India: Colonel Tom Moore’s career in the military
Colonel Tom pictured during the Second World War. Boris Johnson described him as a national treasure during the Covid-19 crisis after raising almost £33million for the NHS
Captain Tom Moore was conscripted into the British Army in June 1940 when he was 20, alongside all men aged 20 to 35.
He began his military career in Otley, West Yorkshire, where he joined the 8th Battalion, the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment under Lieutenant Lord George Saville.
The Regiment was sent to train in Wadebridge, Cornwall where they were tasked with coastal defence amid a predicted German invasion.
A young Captain Moore was soon promoted to Corporal and sent to the officer cadet training unit in Droitwich Spa.
Here, he celebrated his 21st birthday after he passed as a Second Lieutenant.
In August 1941, he was sent to the DWR headquarters in Halifax where he joined the 9th Battalion at Winchcombe.
The infantry battalion then converted to an armoured regiment 146th Royal Armoured Corp, though the majority of the soldiers could not drive.
Captain Moore is pictured front centre during his days in the Army. He joined the Armed Forces in 1940 when he was aged 20
In October, the unit was posted to Bombay, now Mumbai, in India. The journey took six weeks by sea, with a four-day delay in Freetown, Sierra Leone and a four-day stop in Cape Town.
Captain Moore then took a train from Bombay to Poona, before arriving at Kirkee, a town now known as Khadki.
The 9th DWR formed the 50th Indian Tank Brigade under the command of Brigadier Schreiber.
Captain Moore was then asked by the Brigadier to start a motorcycling course for the Brigade due to his expertise for the sport.
The Brigade was then ordered to move to Calcutta – the road journey was in a monsoon and took three weeks.
His Battalion was stationed in the Lohardaga district near Ranchi.
They then took part in two exercises in the Arakan before moving further east and south to Rangoon.
Captain Moore was then sent on a course at the approved vehicle depot in Bovington, England.
He remained here as an instructor until it was closed.