Piers Morgan reveals 'tough cookie' Captain Sir Tom Moore smiled at well-wishes as he battles coronavirus in hospital

PIERS Morgan called Captain Sir Tom Moore a "tough cookie" on today's Good Morning Britain and revealed the 100-year-old smiled at the messages of support he's had after being taken to hospital with coronavirus.

It was revealed last night that the fundraising hero is being treated in hospital after developing breathing difficulties.

Piers said: "All our very best wishes got to Captain Sir Tom Moore and his family after the terrible news yesterday that he's been admitted to hospital.

"He's a tough cookie, Captain Tom, we know that. He came through World War II and a very serious bout himself with ill health which is why he's so very grateful to the NHS."

He told viewers he spoke with Captain Tom's daughter Hannah last night, adding: "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 he's getting from all over the world."

The national treasure, who was awarded a knighthood by the Queen for raising millions for the NHS, was admitted to hospital in Bedford.

His family revealed that he was battling Covid-19 and pneumonia in hospital.

Opera singer Katherine Jenkins posted a snap of herself visiting Captain Tom in October last year.

The Welsh star told her followers: "Sending a big healing cwtch to this gorgeous gentleman @captainsirtom who’s currently in hospital with COVID.

"You are such an inspiration to so many and MANY millions all around the world will be wishing you better and praying for your recovery 🙏🏼❤️ #TrueHero"

While Peter Andre, who himself contracted the virus at the beginning of the year, said simply: "Stay strong Captain @captainsirtom 🙏"

His daughter Hannah said he has been battling pneumonia for the last few weeks and last week tested positive for Covid.

She said that he is currently not in intensive care as she thanked medical staff for doing "all they can" to make him comfortable.

Taking to Twitter the PM led prayers for the Army walking hero telling him that he "inspired the whole nation".

The PM said:" My thoughts are very much with Captain Tom Moore and his family.

"You've inspired the whole nation, and I know we are all wishing you a full recovery."

A spokeswoman for the family confirmed that Captain Tom had not received his Covid vaccine due to his pneumonia medication.

They said: “Because of the medication he was taking for his pneumonia he couldn’t have the Covid jab.

“Everyone is sending positive thoughts his way.”

Captain Tom won the hearts of the nation with his bid to raise money for NHS staff before his 100th birthday on April 30.

The hero set out to reach £1,000 when he started the appeal and has since picked up many awards and was knighted by the Queen.

During the first UK lockdown from March 23, his aim was to walk 100 laps of the 25-metre (82ft) loop in his garden with the aid of a walking frame in Marston Moretaine, in 10-lap chunks.

He went on to raise £32,796,355 for NHS charities.

The statement from the war hero's daughter Hannah read: "I wanted to update everybody that today my father was admitted to hospital.

"Over the last few weeks he was being treated for pneumonia and last week tested positive for Covid-19.

"He was at home with us until today when he needed additional help with his breathing.

"He is being treated on a ward, although he is not in ICU.

"The medical care he has received in the last few weeks has been remarkable and we know that the wonderful staff at Bedford Hospital will do all they can to make him comfortable and hopefully return home as soon as possible.

"We understand that everyone will be wishing him well. We are of course focusing on my father and will update you when we can."

He has not been seen in public since returning from a bucket-list holiday to Barbados with his family after Christmas.

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