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Beloved fundraiser Sir Tom Moore dies

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Army veteran captured nation's hearts during lockdown

Sir Tom Moore, the former army captain who hit international stardom after raising millions for charity, has died.

He passed away in hospital after a brief battle with Covid-19 and pneumonia.

The 100 year-old WW2 veteran and beloved fundraiser lost his life having been taken to Bedford Hospital on Sunday.

He had been receiving treatment for pneumonia for some time and testing positive for Covid-19 last week.

The veteran's family confirmed his illness on Sunday, with a statement on Capt Sir Tom's Twitter page.

The veteran, originally from Keighley in West Yorkshire, came to prominence by walking 100 laps of his garden in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire, before his 100th birthday during the first national lockdown.

Capt Sir Tom, who was given the honorary title of colonel on his 100th birthday, had initially set out to raise £1,000 for NHS charities by repeatedly walking an 82ft (25m) loop of his garden.

In the end he raised over £33m.

 

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