LONDON (UK) – Just weeks before Britain’s Captain Tom Moore died he received online abuse, says his daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore. The World War Two veteran who passed away at the age of 100 this month, had helped raise millions of pounds for health service workers battling COVID-19.
His daughter said the online messages were kept a secret, saying the abuse from “a vile minority” would have broken his heart.
While he received tens of thousands of supportive messages there were some that mocked and abused him.
“It was as pretty horrific as it could be,” said Ingram-Moore.
“I couldn’t tell him because how do you rationalise to a 100-year-old man that something so incredibly good can attract such horror,” she said.
“It really did hurt and it really is hard to deal with but we have dealt with it and they will not win, they will never make this amazing thing negative.”
Moore became Britain’s favourite during the lockdown by walking around his garden with the help of a frame to raise 38.9 million pounds ($54.04 million) for the National Health Service.
With a quick wit, Moore brought a simple message of hope and self-sacrifice. He died on Feb. 2 after testing positive for COVID-19 on Jan. 22, and he was also fighting pneumonia.
His passing drew condolences from Queen Elizabeth, the British parliament and President Joe Biden’s White House.