Breaking news: Captain Sir Tom Moore taken to Bedford Hospital after testing positive with coronavirus

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Captain Tom Moore
Captain Tom, during his record-breaking fund-raising walk

Captain Sir Tom Moore has been taken to Bedford Hospital with breathing difficulties after testing positive with coronavirus (COVID-19).

His daughter posted the update on his official Twitter page at about 5 pm this evening.

In the statement, she said he had been treated for pneumonia at home in the last few weeks and now needs additional help with his breathing.

She added that the medical care he is receiving has been remarkable.

Captain Sir Tom Moore was hailed a hero after raising millions for NHS Charities by walking 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday.

He originally intended to raise £1,000 as a thank you for treatment he received from the NHS for skin cancer and a broken hip.

But when his challenge captured the imagination of people around the world, donations came pouring in and his final total raised hit £32 million.

They also sent in tens of thousands of birthday cards which were displayed at Bedford School, his grandson Benji’s school.

On his 100th birthday Captain Tom, who lives in nearby Marston Moretaine, was given the honorary title of colonel.

He was also treated to an RAF flypast and received a personal message from the Queen who also later knighted him for his charity work.

Read: Arise Captain Sir Thomas Moore – Bedfordshire fundraising hero awarded knighthood

He has also received an honorary doctorate at Cranfield University, a mural installed at Bedford’s Harpur Centre, a poetry plaque unveiled at Millbrook Station and landscaped gardens at Bedford Hospital named in his honour.

He has also set up a foundation in his name to continue the work his 100 lap challenge started.

Read: Captain Sir Tom Moore’s fundraising legacy gets a boost

The newly formed Captain Tom Foundation has four goals, to combat loneliness, support those facing bereavement, champion education and equality, and support friends overseas.

This is a breaking news story and may be updated as further details emerge.

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