THOUSANDS of pounds have been raised in memory of a frontline paramedic who died from Covid after documenting his battle with the virus on social media.
Rod ‘Rodders’ Moore, 63, was admitted to Forth Valley Royal Hospital’s intensive care unit in Larbert, Stirlingshire, after testing positive for coronavirus on October 22.
The hero ambulance worker had only returned full-time months earlier to help younger paramedics cope with the pandemic.
He was self-isolating at home last month after developing symptoms, but took a turn for the worse and was sent to hospital for treatment.
Now thousands have been raised in Rod’s memory.
A campaign was set up on Go Fund Me yesterday by Rod’s son Craig, with organisers hoping to raise £3,000.
But the target was smashed in a matter of hours, with over £4,500 raised already.
A message on the campaign page said: “In memory of my dad who passed away recently, my mum and I are going to split the donations received between two charities that have been close to us as a family, Strathcarron Hospice and Falkirk Food Bank.
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“Strathcarron Hospice supported my Grandpa a few years ago when he was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer and would go there every few months for care and activities before passing away in 2013.
“Through the Festive Period, my mum and dad didn’t send Christmas Cards, rather the money they would spend on cards would go to Falkirk Food Bank. We want to be able to give a family a Christmas Dinner, their children Selection Boxes and Advent Calendars.
“On behalf of my mum and I, we want to thank you for your kind words and support through this difficult time.”
We told you how the Falkirk FC fan then detailed his progress against the “bugger” virus on Twitter.
He wrote: “I never thought it would happen but it’s hospital for me. Covid19 is a bugger.
Despite remaining positive, he was soon placed on an oxygen breathing aid machine, CPAP, as his condition deteriorated.