British fundraiser Captain Tom Moore, who was knighted by the Queen after raising millions of pounds for charity by walking laps of his garden in last year’s lockdown, has been admitted to hospital after testing positive for coronavirus.
The 100-year-old World War Two veteran caught the public’s imagination in April with his laps, raising 33 million pounds ($A59 million) for Britain’s National Health Service.
He broke two Guinness world records and was knighted at Windsor Castle but he didn’t rest on his laurels, going on to score a No.1 single with his version of You’ll Never Walk Alone and write an autobiography.
His daughter Hannah on Sunday said Sir Tom was in hospital after contracting COVID-19.
“I wanted to update everybody that today … my father was admitted to hospital,” she said on Twitter.
“Over the last few weeks he was being treated for pneumonia and last week tested positive for COVID-19.
“He was at home with us until today when he needed additional help with his breathing. He is being treated in a ward, although he is not in ICU (intensive care unit),” she said.
Hannah said Sir Tom had been receiving “remarkable” medical care in the past few weeks.
She said the family knew the staff at Bedford Hospital in the English town of Bedford would do all they could to make him comfortable and “hopefully return home as soon as possible”.