A portrait of Colonel Sir Tom Moore, the 100-year-old Yorkshire-born veteran has been gifted to the Army Foundation College in Harrogate. He became a national hero after raising more than £33m for NHS charities during the coronavirus pandemic.
The story of Captain Tom Moore took the country by storm and he has now been nominated for a knighthood. This followed Captain Tom being made the first ever Honorary Colonel of the Army’s Foundation College, which delivers training to junior soldiers.
Such was the inspiration of Captain Tom that Harrogate-based artist Neil Arms decided to paint a portrait of him with the NHS rainbow as a backdrop.
Talking about what inspired him to paint the portrait, Mr Arms 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.
AFC Harrogate 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 Lt Col Rich Hall, Commanding Officer
“Initially I would have liked the painting to hang in a place of Tom’s choice, but little did I know how famous he would become and how many people he would inspire. When I discovered on his 100th birthday that he'd been made honorary Colonel of the Army Foundation College in Harrogate, I decided to contact them and offer the painting as a donation.”
“I was delighted when the college accepted the painting, I could not think of a better place for it to hang. Handing over the portrait took a bit of work with the social distancing measures, but I am pleased I was able to safely deliver this artwork to the college.”
The Commanding Officer at the college, Lieutenant Colonel Rich Hall was delighted to accept Neil Army’s generous offer. He 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.”