Veterans

Captain Tom Moore Portrait Gifted To Army Foundation College

The portrait was donated to the Army Foundation College by a local artist.

A portrait of NHS fundraiser Captain Tom Moore has been gifted to the Army Foundation College in Harrogate.

Capt Tom became a national hero after raising more than £33 million for the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic. 

The Second World War veteran, originally from Yorkshire, was appointed as the first Honorary Colonel of the college which trains junior soldiers, last month.

Meanwhile last week, it was announced he was to receive a knighthood for his fundraising efforts.

Neil Arms, the Harrogate-based artist who painted the portrait, said: "The image of an elderly man, proud of his military background, with his military discipline and medals walking up and down his garden slowly raising funds for our amazing NHS spurred me to pick up my paintbrush.”

He said he "would have liked the painting to hang in a place of Tom’s choice”, but later decided to donate it to the college after the veteran was appointed Honorary Colonel.

“I was delighted when the college accepted the painting, I could not think of a better place for it to hang,” he added.

The donation of the painting was announced earlier this month.

Capt Tom raised millions for the health service by walking 100 laps of his Bedfordshire garden before his centenary birthday last month.

He also became the oldest artist to reach number one in the UK singles chart, with a charity cover of 'You'll Never Walk Alone' alongside Michael Ball and the NHS Voices of Care Choir.

Captain Tom was appointed as Honorary Colonel ahead of his 100th birthday (Picture: MOD).

Lieutenant Colonel Rich Hall, Commanding Officer at the Army Foundation College, said: “It was a privilege to accept this fantastic portrait of Captain Tom on behalf of the college.

"It is an inspiring piece of artwork that really captures the essence of our Honorary Colonel and all he has done for the NHS. 

“The handover ceremony was emotional. The artist, Neil Arms, was clearly moved by what the college represents.

"It is a place of transformation and social mobility for thousands of young people. We hope this painting will inspire young people for generations to come.” 

The veteran celebrated his 100th birthday last month in style, with an RAF and Army Air Corps flypast over his home.

He also received more than 150,000 birthday cards.

Cover image: The portrait of Capt Tom at the Army Foundation College (Picture: British Army).