CAPTAIN Tom Moore, the heroic 100-year-old World War II veteran who raised £33million for the NHS, died in February 2021.
The fundraising champ passed away while being treated in hospital after developing breathing difficulties.
Follow the latest updates on Captain Tom Moore's funeral on our live blogCaptain Sir Tom Moore died aged 100
How did Captain Tom Moore die?
The war veteran, who raised millions for the NHS at the start of the pandemic, sadly passed away from Covid.
He was admitted to hospital on after struggling with his breathing.
His heartbroken family confirmed on February 2 that Captain Tom had tragically passed away the previous Sunday..
Daughters Hannah and Lucy said in a statement: "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."
His daughters praised the "extraordinary" NHS and carers who helped their father in the last weeks and year of his life.
They branded them "unfalteringly professional, kind and compassionate" and thanked them for "giving us many more years with him than we ever would have imagined".
The statement added: "Over the past few days our father spoke a great deal about the last 12 months and how proud he felt at being able to leave behind the growing legacy of his Foundation.
"We politely ask for privacy at this time so we can grieve quietly as a family and remember the wonderful 100 years our father had.
When was Captain Tom admitted to hospital?
Captain Tom Moore was admitted to Bedford Hospital on Sunday, January 31, 2021, as he needed additional help with his breathing, his daughter said.
Hannah Ingram-Moore explained that over the past few weeks her dad had been treated for pneumonia and that he had tested positive for coronavirus during the week.
Because of the medication the NHS hero was taking for his pneumonia, he unfortunately couldn’t have the Covid vaccine.
In a further update on February 1, it was reported that despite his breathing problems, he smiled in hospital after Boris Johnson called his family to wish him well as he battled coronavirus.
Also on Monday, February 1, Bedford Hospital said that Captain Sir Tom had been joined by members of his family.Captain Sir Tom Moore was admitted to a hospital in Bedford on Sunday after struggling with his breathingCredit: PA:Press Association
What did Captain Tom Moore do for the NHS?
During the first UK Covid lockdown from March 23, 2020, a determined Captain Tom set out to raise money for his beloved NHS.
He began raising funds to thank NHS staff who helped him with treatment for cancer and a broken hip.
Capt Tom vowed to do his best, "for the sake of the nurses and the NHS we have, because they are doing such a magnificent job".
The war veteran’s aim was to walk 100 laps of the 25-metre (82ft) loop in his garden with the aid of a walking frame in Marston Moretaine, in 10-lap chunks.
He achieved his feat on the morning of April 16.The NHS champ then vowed to keep on walking while people were still donating.
As a result, Captain Tom went on to raise 32,796,355 for NHS charities - and won admirers around the globe.
Capt Tom's daughter Hannah called her father a "beacon of hope in dark times".Captain Sir Tom Moore on holiday in Barbados with his familyCredit: TWITTER/CAPTAIN TOM
In fact, the war veteran broke two Guinness World Records in 2020.
Captain Tom was awarded the first accolade for being the oldest person to have ever had a UK No1 single.
The second world record was awarded to him for his fundraising efforts, with him being honoured for single-handedly raising the most money by walking.
The former soldier, lauded as a “one man fundraising machine,” by Prince William, landed the UK’s No1 single with his cover of You’ll Never Walk Alone.
He recorded the side with Michael Ball and the NHS Care Choir to help raise cash for the NHS.
In acknowledgement of his inspirational efforts, he was knighted by the Queen in a unique open-air ceremony at Windsor Castle in summer 2020.