A bust of Captain Sir Thomas Moore was commissioned by Garry McBride in 2020 so that Tom’s achievements would be remembered by everyone.
Wikipedia 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 served 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’.
Sir Captain Tom Moore died on 2 February 2021 at Bedford Hospital, where he was taken after being treated for pneumonia and then testing positive for COVID-19.
Date created: 2020
Location: NHS Charities Together
Materials used: Solid bronze
Commissioned by: Garry McBride