A sculpture has been unveiled of Captain Sir Tom Moore in tribute to his role as a ‘beacon of light’ during the coronavirus pandemic.
The bust of the Second World War veteran is complete with medals and the trademark blazer he wore to complete his NHS fundraising, which made headlines all over the world.
It was commissioned by Garry McBride, of Derbyshire-based Monumental Icons, who hopes it can be displayed at the headquarters of NHS Charities Together.
Captain Sir Tom raised almost £33 million for that charity after vowing to complete 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday in April.
Explaining why he had decided to commission and pay for the bust, Mr McBride said: ‘When we were in lockdown, for the first time in my life, they said ‘You have got to stay at home and do nothing’.
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‘Every television programme you put on… there was Captain Tom, as he was then.
‘As he progressed with his walk, he was more and more on the screens and so I just thought that for his achievements it would be really, really sad if, after five or 10 years, everyone had forgotten what he had actually done.’
Captain Tom won the hearts of the nation for his determination in walking laps of his Bedfordshire garden after originally setting out to raise just £1,000.
Yesterday it was revealed that he is to be knighted by the Queen in his own personal ceremony at Windsor Castle on Friday.
The inspirational veteran was praised by the royal family, politicians and celebrities during his NHS fundraising campaign, which he started to thank staff working on the coronavirus frontline.
Mr McBride added: ‘He became everyone’s champion and he was our beacon of light, so to speak, through our darkest hours.
‘I was in a fortunate position, being in the monument and sculpture business, and my sculptor, Andy Edwards, he was locked down as well.
‘So we found some clay, we worked on the photographs that were on Captain Sir Tom’s Facebook page and then we decided to make a bust.’
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