GET well messages for Captain Tom Moore poured in yesterday from the great, good — and hundreds of Sun readers.
Sir Tom, in hospital with coronavirus and pneumonia, smiled in bed after being told of the nation’s heartfelt prayers.
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He was knighted after raising £33million for the NHS by doing laps of his garden before his 100th birthday.
But he was taken to hospital with breathing difficulties on Sunday.
He has not been vaccinated for Covid-19 because of the medication he was on for pneumonia.
At a vaccination centre in Batley, West Yorks, yesterday, PM Boris Johnson said: “Captain Tom Moore has been an inspiration to this country during this pandemic.
"Our thoughts and our prayers are now with him and his family.”
Ex-England cricket captain Michael Vaughan said: “Captain Tom, over the last ten months you have been our inspiration and you have been the nation’s heartbeat.
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NINE-year-old Annie Axworthy (above), of Plymouth, holds up her get well card and says: “Captain Tom’s a hero.”
You can send him a message too via The Sun by emailing CaptainTom @thesun.co.uk with your name and town.
We’ll publish some and send them to his family.
“We’re all thinking of you. Get well soon.”
Ellie Orton, chief exec of NHS Together — the charity for which he raised the cash — said: “We owe him so much. Our thoughts are with him and his family at this time. We wish you a speedy recovery Captain Tom.”
TV host Piers Morgan revealed he had learned of Capt Tom’s Bedford Hospital stay in a chat with his daughter Hannah.
Good Morning Britain star Piers said: “All our very best wishes go to Captain Sir Tom Moore and his family.
“I had a little exchange with Hannah last night, sent our very best wishes.
"She was able to tell Tom the message, he smiled and was grateful for all the messages from all over the world.”
During the first UK-wide lockdown in the spring, Captain Tom aimed to raise £1,000 by doing 100 82ft loops of his garden with his walking frame.
But he eventually raised an incredible £32,796,355 for NHS charities at his home in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire.
He was knighted by the Queen at Windsor Castle in July.
Singer Michael Ball, who recorded a number one hit with Captain Tom, wrote: “Love and prayers as he battles this b****** of a virus. Stay strong Sir. We are all here for you.”
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace added: “He is an inspiration to so many. We all hope for a swift recovery for him.”
Lt Colonel Simon Farebrother, commanding officer at the Army Foundation College in Harrogate, where Capt Tom is the honorary colonel, said: “Our very best wishes for a speedy recovery.”
Sun columnist Lorraine Kelly added: “We’re sending him all our love. We’re all really worried and concerned.”
Captain Tom’s family hit out at trolls who reckoned a Christmas holiday in Barbados was behind his infection.
A spokesman said the reaction was “unpleasant”. And ITV This Morning host Phillip Schofield told them to “sod off!”.
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