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World War II veteran who raised millions to aid COVID-19 workers and patients hospitalized with the virus

Mary Rose Corkery, DCNF

A 100-year-old British World War II veteran who raised millions of dollars by walking in his garden was hospitalized after contracting the coronavirus.

Capt. Sir Thomas More’s daughter said Sunday that More tested positive for the virus last week and that he has since been hospitalized. The statement was posted to Capt. Tom More’s official Twitter account.

The positive coronavirus test compounds More’s health issues after a previous pneumonia diagnosis. More was being treated at home until he required additional respiratory help on Sunday, his daughter wrote.

“The medical care he has received in the last few weeks has been remarkable and we know that the wonderful staff at Bedford Hospital will do all they can to  make him comfortable and hopefully return home as soon as possible,” the statement said, according to the tweet.

“We understand that everyone will be wishing him well. We are of course focusing on my father and will update you when we are able to,” the statement said, according to the tweet.

More’s family spokeswoman said the WWII veteran hasn’t gotten vaccinated for COVID-19 yet because of the pneumonia medications he’s been taking, according to BBC News.

More reached international fame after he began a charity walk for the British National Health Service (NHS) in honor of turning a 100 years old, according to The Hill.

More started walking ten laps in his garden every day in April, CNN reported. The veteran was attempting to raise £1,000 pounds.

More has raised the equivalent of over $40 million for NHS Charities Together, according to the fundraiser’s website.

“Tom’s phenomenal record-breaking efforts continue to make a difference to NHS staff, volunteers and patients, and you can still play your part in supporting them in the fight against Covid,” the fundraiser’s website said.

Queen Elizabeth II knighted More in July for his fundraising efforts in her first engagement in the pandemic, according to BBC News. United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson nominated More for the knighting in May, according to a separate BBC News report.

More is a British Army veteran of World War II and was a civil engineer before he was enlisted, CNN reported. More was a concrete manufacturer managing director following the war.

More’s wife died in 2006 and the veteran went to live in southeast England with his daughter’s family, according to CNN.

More’s daughter Hannah stated she will update the public when additional information becomes available, the Captain Tom Foundation told the Daily Caller News Foundation.

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