The Derbyshire design team behind new Captain Sir Tom Moore sculpture

One of the Derbyshire team behind the new bust Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/PA Images

A Derbyshire-based team are behind a new sculpture bust of NHS fundraising hero Captain Sir Tom Moore.

The 100-year-old Second World War veteran has raised more than 33 million pounds for the NHS, by walking laps of his garden. He turned 100 years old in April, and has since inspired many other people across the country fundraise in their own homes and gardens, to help NHS charities during the lockdown.

Now a team from Derbyshire-based firm Monumental Icons has commissioned and created a sculpture of the national hero, to pay tribute to his role as a "beacon of light" during the pandemic.

The bust is complete with his medals and trademark blazer.

The bust of Captain Sir Tom Moore Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/PA Images

Captain Sir Tom is due to be knighted by the Queen in an open-air ceremony at Windsor Castle tomorrow (Friday 17th July).

Garry McBride from the firm who made the bust explained why he decided to commission and pay for it.

When we were in lockdown, for the first time in my life, they said 'You have got to stay at home and do nothing'....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. 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.

Garry McBride, Derbyshire-based Monumental Icons

Garry McBride with the bust Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/PA Images

Garry McBride says he's hoping the bust will be displayed at the headquarters of NHS Charities Together, the charity Captain Sir Tom Moore has helped raise thousands for.

Captain Sir Tom is due to be knighted by the Queen in an open-air ceremony at Windsor Castle tomorrow (Friday 17th July).

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