SOLIHULL Hospital will be ‘forever grateful’ for Captain Sir Tom Moore’s achievements as he provided a ‘source of hope’ for staff and patients in the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Second World War veteran raised £33million after vowing to walk 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday in April 2020 – a feat which saw him become a national treasure.
The cash went to the NHS Charities Together Covid-19 appeal, and a portion was handed to University Hospital Birmingham Charity, which Solihull Hospital is part of.
In Solihull the funds were spent on iPads for patients, so they could keep in touch with their loved ones whilst in hospital, and activity packs.
On Tuesday, February 1, Captain Sir Tom Moore’s daughter announced he had died from coronavirus in hospital.
Sir Tom tested positive for Covid-19 last week. His family said due to other medication he was receiving for pneumonia, he was unable to be vaccinated.
Tributes have flooded in for the veteran who inspired hundreds of other across the nation to follow in his footsteps to raise funds for the NHS.
Mike Hammond, chief executive at University Hospitals Birmingham Charity, said: “On behalf of everyone at University Hospitals Birmingham I would like to express our sadness at the news of the death of Captain Sir Tom Moore.
“During one of the darkest times that our country has faced, Captain Sir Tom provided a source of inspiration for us all through the quiet determination that he showed to raise funds in support of the NHS.”