The Joe Root-led England Cricket Team are wearing black armbands in the ongoing first Test against India at the M.A Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai in memory of World War II veteran and record-breaking fundraiser during Covid-19, Sir Tom Moore.
Captain Tom Moore helped raise about $40 million for the National Health Service by walking 100 laps in his backyard during the first wave of the pandemic.
The stunt saw donations pour in from across Britain and from countries like the US and Japan.
The World War II Veteran was tested positive for Covid on Wednesday. His death was announced by his family on Twitter. He was exactly 100 years old.
“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,’’ the family’s statement read.
“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.’”
Speaking to England Cricket during a net session, skipper Joe Root said-
“I am sure his family will be extremely proud of the legacy he leaves behind. He gave the whole nation something to smile about in a dark time. All the great things he did for the NHS. On behalf of the whole England team we want to send our thoughts to his family. He will be sadly missed.”
A message from our Test captain Joe Root following the sad passing of Captain Sir Tom Moore. pic.twitter.com/nDcMR4lCF5
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) February 3, 2021