Tom Moore, a World War Two veteran who helped lift Britain's spirit at the beginning of the COVID-19, died on Tuesday after his battle with the virus. The 100years old hero helped raised money for health service workers in the NHS battling the coronavirus.
The World War II captain connected deeply with Britain. His walk around his garden raised 38.9 million pounds ($53 million) for the National Health Service.
His death was announced by his daughters'
In the statement released by his daughters' on the morning of his death at the Bedford Hospital in central England, they explained the details of his passing to reporters present at the scene.
His daughters' added that Captain Moore suffered prostate and skin cancer and had been undergoing treatment. He also had pneumonia, and he was admitted to the hospital after testing positive for coronavirus.
During the lockdown, his advocacy spread hope among British residents in the increasing coronavirus death toll. According to his daughters', Moore’s message to the world was to help people remember "that the sun would shine again and that the clouds would clear".
The British prime minister led the tributes to Moore
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Queen Elizabeth added to Moore's burial tributes.
The prime minister, who communicated his condolences directly to Moore's daughter Hannah, described captain Moore as a hero. He added that Moore was a national treasure and a symbol of hope.
Buckingham Palace released a statement, announcing the queen, who knighted Moore at Windsor Castle due to his fundraising efforts will send a private consolation message to the family.
The palace added that the queen's thoughts, and those of the Royal Family, are with the Moores family. The palace also recognized his fundraising achievements and praised the inspiration he provided during the lockdown.