UK's Captain Tom got online abuse before death

Britain's Captain Tom Moore received online abuse in the weeks before he died this month aged 100 according to his daughter.

The World War Two veteran raised millions of pounds for health service workers battling the coronavirus.

His daughter, Hannah Ingram-Moore told BBC television that the online messages were kept a secret, saying the abuse from "a vile minority" would have broken his heart.

"We really had to use our family resilience, our emotional resilience, and we never told him (of online abuse) because I don't think he could ever have understood it. I think it would have broken his heart, honestly, if we had said to him 'people are hating us.' I couldn't tell him, because how do you rationalize to a 100-year-old man that something so incredibly good can attract such horror?"

Moore struck a chord with locked-down Britain by walking around his garden with the help of a frame to raise 38.9 million pounds for the National Health Service.

While he received tens of thousands of supportive messages there were some that mocked and abused him.

"It didn't come close to him, but it really did... it really did hurt. And it really is really hard to deal with. But we have dealt with it and they will not win. They will never make this amazing thing negative, not ever. We won't let them."

Moore died on February 2 after testing positive for COVID-19. He was also fighting pneumonia.

Calls for social media companies to block users who send abusive messages have grown in recent weeks, after several soccer players in England were also targeted with racist abuse.