Last week, Leeds Cares unveiled the highly anticipated bust of Captain Sir Tom Moore in the Bexley Wing at St James Hospital thanks to the amazing donation from Garry McBride, founder of Derbyshire-based Monumental Icons.
The bust of the Second World War veteran – complete with medals and the NHS fundraising hero’s trademark blazer badge – is now proudly displayed in the atrium of the Cancer Centre in Bexley Wing. A bust of Captain Sir Thomas Moore was commissioned by Garry McBride so that his achievements would be remembered by everyone.
Wikipedia has already documented his achievements in saying ‘Thomas Moore was born 30 April 1920 and is popularly known as ‘Captain Tom’. A former British Army officer and centenarian, known for his achievements raising money for charity in the run-up to his 100th birthday during the COVID-19 epidemic.
Moore serviced in India, the Burma campaign and Sumatra during the second world war, and later became an instructor in armoured warfare. After the war, he worked as managing director of a concrete company and was an avid motorcycle racer.
On 6 April 2020, at the age of 99, he began to walk laps of his garden in aid of NHS Charities Together, with the goal of raising £1,000 by his hundredth birthday. In the 24-day course of his fundraising he made many media appearances and became a popular household name.
On the morning of his hundredth birthday the total raised by his walk passed £30 million and by the time the campaign closed at the end of that day had increased to over £32.79 million. His knighthood was announced on 19 May and conferred the next day.
His investiture, which took place on 17 July 2020 at Windsor Castle, was conducted by Her Majesty The Queen’.
— Leeds Hospitals Charity (@LDShospcharity) December 10, 2020
Captain Sir Tom Moore, Second World War veteran said:
“I’m truly humbled by the support I have received from far and wide and I’m delighted to hear the funds are going to such worthy initiatives.
The sculpture is wonderful and Leeds Teaching Hospitals is a great home for it to be placed.”
Captain Sir Tom, who raised over £33 million by walking laps of his Bedfordshire garden, has directly impacted the work and support of so many NHS staff across the United Kingdom.
Thanks to his amazing fundraising efforts, Leeds Cares has funded a number of different initiatives including an employee, patient and volunteer support fund, a new staff room refurbishment to support frontline workers as well as funding bedside tv and radio for patients who were not able to receive visitors.
Garry McBride, Founder of Monumental Icons and commissioner of the bust said:
“I am absolutely honoured that this amazing memorial to Captain Sir Tom Moore will sit proudly at St James Hospital in Leeds. With Captain Sir Tom being from Keighley, we thought there would be no better place for it.
2020 has been a really difficult year for everyone, not least for the NHS, and I wanted to make sure Captain Sir Tom’s achievements and how he became everyone’s beacon of light are remembered forever.”
Leeds Cares is the charity for Leeds Teaching Hospitals. We support NHS staff to deliver the best care for patients and their families, by raising funds for equipment, services, education and research.
Leeds Cares provides support for eight areas which include Leeds General Infirmary, Leeds Children’s Hospital, Leeds Cancer Centre, St James’s University Hospital, Chapel Allerton Hospital, Seacroft Hospital, Wharfdale Hospital and Leeds Dental Institute.
Leeds Cares supports NHS staff to deliver the best care for over a million patients and their families each year. Working with local communities, schools and businesses across the city and beyond, each year we provide £5 million in additional funding for Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust.
For more information on the amazing work at Monumental Icons, please visit www.monumentalicons.com