The devastating news that we were all dreading has come as it has been reported that Captain Sir Tom Moore has died in hospital as he battle Covid-19.
The 100 year old hero who set out to raise £1,000 for the NHS during lockdown by walking 100 laps of his garden eventually raised more than £32 MILLION.
The nation praised the beloved WW2 veteran for his efforts to raise money for the front-line during the peak of lockdown.
Captain Sir Tom Moore was acknowledged for his efforts and was eventually knighted by the Queen during a ceremony at Windsor Castle in the summer.
Daughters Hannah and Lucy said in a touching 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 grieving 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.