NHS hero Captain Sir Tom Moore of Bedford dies from Covid

The 100-year-old had been taken to Bedford Hospital on Sunday
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Our very own hero - Captain Sir Tom Moore - who raised millions for the NHS has died at the age of 100.

In a joint statement from his daughters - Hannah Ingram-Moore and Lucy Teixeira - they said: "It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our dear father, Captain Sir Tom Moore.

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"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.

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"We spent hours chatting to him, reminiscing about our childhood and our wonderful mother. We shared laughter and tears together."

Captain Sir Tom, captured the nation's heart during the first lockdown last year when he raised more than £30million for the NHS by walking 100 laps of his garden in Marston Moretaine before he turned 100.

The war veteran was even knighted at Windsor Castle in a break from royal protocal and drew admiration the world over.

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His daughters added: "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.

"The care our father received from the NHS and carers over the last few weeks and years of his life has been extraordinary. They have been unfalteringly professional, kind and compassionate and have given us many more years with him than we ever would have imagined.

"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.

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"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."

He had been struggling with pneumonia and tested Covid positive last week before being taken to Bedford Hospital on Sunday.

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