Sculpture of Yorkshire's Captain Tom Moore unveiled in St James' Hospital in Leeds

A sculpture of Captain Tom Moore has taken pride of place in St James' Hospital in Leeds.

Thursday, 10th December 2020, 4:45 pm

The bust of Sir Tom, who was knighted by the Queen in July, was unveiled in the Bexley Wing of the hospital last week.

It now proudly sits in the atrium of the Leeds Cancer Centre.

The statue is complete with Sir Tom's Second World War medals and the NHS fundraising hero’s trademark blazer badge.

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Garry McBride from Monumental Icons with a bust of Sir Tom Moore unveiled in the Leeds Cancer Centre, Bexley Wing at St James's Hospital. Picture Tony Johnson

Sir Tom received widespread publicity in April 2020, when at the age of 99, he began to walk laps of his garden in aid of the NHS charity.

The Keighley-born centenarian aimed to raise £1,000 but his efforts saw him raise a whopping £32.79million.

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 from Monumental Icons and Esther Wakeman, chief executive of Leeds Cares with a bust of Sir Tom Moore unveiled in the Leeds Cancer Centre, Bexley Wing at St James's Hospital. Picture Tony Johnson.

Sir Tom has since become a national treasure and released his autobiography Tomorrow Will Be A Good Day in September.

Speaking of the new statue, Sir Tom 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.”

The bust was donated by Garry McBride, the founder of Derbyshire-based Monumental Icons.

Garry McBride from Monumental Icons with a bust of Sir Tom Moore unveiled in the Leeds Cancer Centre, Bexley Wing at St James's Hospital. Picture Tony Johnson

Garry McBride, 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."