Captain Tom Moore, who warmed hearts by raising money for healthcare workers, has Covid-19

  • The 100-year-old Second World War hero walked 100 laps in his garden to fundraise money for Britain’s National Health Service
  • His daughter announced on Sunday he has been admitted to hospital after testing positive for coronavirus
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100-year-old Tom Moore, who has raised millions for Britain's National Health Service (NHS), was taken to hospital after contracting coronavirus and having problems breathing. Photo: EPA

100-year-old Captain Tom Moore has become a beloved hero of the coronavirus pandemic in Britain after raising money for the National Health Service. Moore has been admitted to hospital after testing positive for Covid-19, his daughter said on Sunday. Here’s a short timeline showcasing how Moore came to capture the attention of Britain.

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April, 2020

Moore, a World War Two veteran described by Prince Harry as “utterly amazing”, ended up raising more than 30 million pounds (HK$319,419,600) for charities that help the National Health Service after he set out to walk 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday.

Moore, who has used a walking frame with wheels since breaking his hip, had initially hoped to raise just 1,000 pounds with his dogged 25-metre laps.

April 24

Moore became the oldest person to top Britain’s main music chart, appearing in a cover version of You’ll Never Walk Alone with singer Michael Ball.

British Second World War veteran Tom Moore completed 100 laps of his garden in April 2020, during a fundraising challenge for healthcare staff that

April 30

Moore celebrated his 100th birthday with military flypasts and messages from Queen Elizabeth and Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Moore was also appointed the first Honorary Colonel of the Army Foundation College, based near the town where he grew up. He received more than 125,000 birthday cards from well-wishers.

July 17

Queen Elizabeth knighted Moore, recognising him for lifting Britain’s spirits during the gloom of the pandemic.

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Moore signed a deal to film a biopic of his life. He also wrote an autobiography, titled Tomorrow Will Be A Good Day.

Oct 5

Moore became one of the country’s oldest podcasters with the launch of a series to tackle isolation among older people.

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