Sir Tom Moore who raised more than £30m for the NHS in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic has contracted the virus and is now in hospital receiving treatment.
Sir Tom Moore became a hit after he offered to walk 100 lengths of his garden before he turned 100. He had hoped to raise £2,000 for the NHS but ended up raising for than £32m.
He was promoted by the army in recognition of his effort and knighted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Sir Tom was being treated for pneumonia at home and so had not yet received the vaccine because he was already on medication.
His family has released a statement via his verified twitter handle:
Good wishes have also being pouring in from all corners of the earth for this global hero.
The prime minister tweeted his best wishes:
The Mayor of London also sent his best wishes:
The England Team also tweeted this:
His daughter, Mrs Ingram-Moore said in a tweet that her father had been at home with the family until Sunday when he “needed additional help with breathing”.
She said the medical care he had received in the past few weeks had been “remarkable”.
“We know that the wonderful staff at Bedford Hospital will do all they can to make him comfortable and hopefully [he will] return home as soon as possible,” she said.