A local artist from Dickens Heath in Solihull has painted a tribute to fundraising hero, Captain Thomas Moore, which is now on display at Touchwood Shopping Centre.
The artwork was created by Lee Booth-Radford, which shows a smiling Captain Sir Tom proudly wearing his medals.
“I have been following Captain Sir Tom’s story and the money he has raised for the NHS is just incredible – what an inspiration. I feel like his achievements should be celebrated, so this painting is dedicated to him and all the amazing work he has done”, says Lee.
Lee originally created the portrait for Captain Sir Tom’s 100th birthday, displaying it on the school railings outside his home for this local community to enjoy.
Tony Elvin, General Manager at Touchwood, saw images of the painting being shared online and got in touch with Lee to request that it be given pride of place within the centre.
Tony comments: "Captain Sir Tom is the nation's hero. Lee really captured the spirit of the man and I am sure that once we are able to reopen the centre fully, many of our guests will be heartened to see Captain Sir Tom honoured this way.
“Not only is this a superb tribute and a stunning new addition to the centre, it is also helping to support local talent by giving Lee the credit he deserves for sharing his beautiful work.”
Lee has a Fine Art Degree and his work has included murals, sketching, airbrush work and some model painting which he does mostly for friends and family members as a hobby.
“My wife encouraged me to do the portrait – I think to get me out from under her feet one day!” says Lee.
“It was painted using acrylic spray paints and airbrush. I was really pleased with how it turned out and so when Touchwood got in touch to say they’d like to display it; I was happy to donate it.
“I hope visitors to Touchwood when it reopens will be reminded of the great sacrifice Sir Tom and his generation made for us all and be inspired like I was by his fantastic achievements.”
The painting of Captain Sir Thomas Moore can be found in the Touchwood Atrium, where his inspirational example will be ready to welcome back visitors and staff alike on June 15.
Captain Sir Tom was recently given a knighthood after a special nomination by the prime minister and he has now raised more than £32 million for the NHS.
The veteran also became the oldest person to land a number one single with his cover of You’ll Never Walk Alone, recorded alongside Michael Ball and the NHS Voices of Care choir.
Further information about the planned reopening on June 15 will be published on the Touchwood social channels and website: www.touchwoodsolihull.co.uk.
Touchwood houses some of the UK’s best restaurants, international brands, designer retailers and independent boutique style stores. For further information, visit www.touchwoodsolihull.co.uk.