Marston Moretaine’s (and the UK’s) Captain Sir Tom Moore has died aged 100, his family said. The Second World War veteran inspired the nation in lockdown by raising millions for the NHS. Captain Sir Tom contracted coronavirus and was receiving treatment for pneumonia.
In a statement, his daughters Hannah and Lucy said:
“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.”
“Whilst he’d been in so many hearts for just a short time, he was an incredible father and grandfather, and he will stay alive in our hearts forever.”
Captain Sir Tom Moore was hailed a hero after raising millions for NHS Charities by walking 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday.
His original target was to raise £1,000 as a thank you for treatment he received from the NHS for skin cancer and a broken hip. After his challenge captured the imagination of people around the world, donations came pouring in and he raised over £32 million.
Liz Lees MBE, chief nurse, Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said:
“It has been our immense privilege to care for Captain Sir Tom Moore.
“We share our deepest condolences and sympathies with his family and loved ones at this incredibly sad time. We’d also like to say thank you, and pay tribute to Captain Sir Tom Moore for the remarkable contribution he has made to the NHS.
“We will not be providing any further comment and ask members of the public and media to respect the privacy of Captain Sir Tom’s family at this difficult time.”
A statement on the Captain Tom Foundation website said:
“We are heartbroken by the passing of our Founder and inspiration Captain Sir Tom Moore. As well as uniting the nation and giving hope when it was needed most he has been our beacon of light every single day.
“He was so passionate about The Foundation’s vision for a more hopeful world and equal society and was immensely proud of the growing legacy it was establishing in his name.
“We have been working with Captain Tom to create positive impact around causes close to his and the families hearts, from combating loneliness to championing education and equality and of course supporting the incredible NHS carers and frontline workers whom he held in such high regard.
“Captain Tom’s actions inspired people across the world and he was extremely honoured that The Foundation might inspire a new generation of Captain Toms. We can all make a difference and through our continued work we will aspire to ensure Tom’s message of hope becomes an enduring legacy.
“Whilst we mourn his loss, we celebrate his life and will be forever grateful for his optimistic philosophy and wonderful spirit.
“Thank you Captain Sir Tom. Because of you tomorrow will be a good day for so many more.”