CAPTAIN Sir Tom Moore had fulfilled a lifetime ambition by jetting off to Barbados before he fell ill with Covid.
The trip was courtesy of British Airways and Visit Barbados and was a bucket-list holiday for the war veteran.
Sir Tom Moore enjoying his holiday in Barbados with his familyCredit: TWITTER/CAPTAIN TOM
The family flew out before the government’s strict rules on travel came into place.
When did Captain Tom Moore travel to Barbados?
The fundraising maestro and his family travelled to Barbados on December 11, 2020.
Sir Tom tweeted about how he enjoyed his break from the British winter
While on his trip, he tweeted a message and a picture of himself enjoying the sunshine on the Caribbean island.
Wearing shorts, he smiled at the camera as he was surrounded by his beaming family.
The tweet read: “Enjoying a beautiful family day in the Barbados sunshine, #TomorrowWillBeAGoodDay.”
The trip was organised after Sir Tom said he would like to visit the Caribbean island as well as revisiting India.
Captain Tom won the hearts of the nation with his bid to raise money for NHS staff before his 100th birthday on April 30.
Sir Tom set out to achieve £1,000 in donations when he started the appeal and has since been Knighted, released a book and recorded a charity single.
During the first UK lockdown from March 23, he walked 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 sad news of Sir Tom Moore’s battle with Covid was tweeted from his account by his daughter Hannah
Did Captain Tom Moore get ill after coming back from Barbados?
Captain Tom had not been seen in public since returning from a bucket-list holiday in Barbados after Christmas.
On January 31, it was announced that he was being treated for coronavirus after contracting pneumonia, which had prevented him from having the Covid vaccine.
A spokeswoman for his family 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.”
Vile trolls were quick to take to social media to slam Captain Tom and his family for jetting to Barbados in December.
Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield hit back at the nasty comments and sent Captain Tom their well-wishes on This Morning.
Discussing the story with Matthew Wright and Julia Hartley-Brewer, Julia said: “I was stunned to see some trolls on social media saying: ‘Oh, if he didn’t go to Barbados!’
“He went on a lovely, warm, perfectly legal Caribbean holiday with his family, and I think that’s absolutely wonderful he did that and nothing whatsoever to do with his ailments now.
“I do think the trolls need to take a day off.”
Phil exclaimed in agreement: “A life off! Just sod off!”
Holly added: “The timings don’t work out with this so it’s totally irrelevant anyway!”