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Tributes have started to flood in following the announcement that Captain Sir Tom Moore has passed away after testing positive for Covid-19.
The centenarian became a national celebrity last year when, to mark his 100th birthday, he decided to do 100 laps of his garden to raise money for the NHS during the first lockdown of the coronavirus pandemic.
He went on to raise over £32 million.
The Queen is sending a private message of condolence to the family of Captain Sir Tom Moore.
Her Majesty very much enjoyed meeting Captain Sir Tom and his family at Windsor last year. Her thoughts and those of the Royal Family are with them. pic.twitter.com/nl1krvoUlW
- The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) February 2, 2021
In a statement, Sir Tom's daughters Hannah Ingram-Moore and Lucy Teixeira said: "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."
Now social media has become flooded with messages paying tribute to the war hero.
RIP Captain Sir Tom Moore, 100.
A magnificent man.
A national hero.
In our darkest hour since WW2, he rallied
Britain with his resilience, courage and optimism.
Let us all heed his mantra in our own lives: 'Tomorrow will be a good day.'
Thank you, Tom. pic.twitter.com/b0rZNfQfrI
- Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) February 2, 2021
I'm so sorry to hear that Captain Tom has passed away in hospital.
He was a great British hero that showed the best of our country & I send my best wishes to his family at this time.
- Matt Hancock (@MattHancock) February 2, 2021
RIP Captain Sir Tom Moore.
An inspiration to us all :heart: https://t.co/zbzOow8b86
- England Cricket (@englandcricket) February 2, 2021
The NHS replied to the obituary on his official Twitter account, writing: "Thanks for everything Sir Tom," followed by a blue love heart.
Someone else wrote: "Devastating! My deepest sympathies and condolences to the whole family. There's no words to even begin to offer comfort after such a huge loss. My heart is so sad. The world was a better place for him and his legacy will live on for ever. God Bless you, Captain Tom, Rest in Peace."
In a statement from Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Chief Nurse Liz Lees OBE, 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."
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