Captain Sir Tom Moore dies aged 100

Captain Sir Tom Moore has sadly passed away at the age of 100 after contracting pneumonia and Covid-19, his family have confirmed.

The Second World War veteran was taken to Bedford Hospital on Sunday following an ongoing battle with pneumonia and had a positive Covid-19 test last week.

Sir Tom raised a staggering £32 million for the NHS during the first lockdown in April of last year as he paced 100 laps of his garden ahead of his 100th birthday.

He was acknowledged for his efforts by Her Majesty the Queen and was knighted at Windsor Castle in July 2020.

His daughters Hannah and Lucy said in a statement: “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.”

The prime minister paid tribute to the military veteran as news broke of his death, calling him “a hero in the truest sense of the world”.

“In the dark days of the Second world War he fought for freedom and in the face of this country’s deepest post-war crisis he untited us all, he cheered us all up, and he embodied the triumph of the human spirit.”