Captain Sir Tom Moore is celebrated by the world’s biggest mural of him outside an estate agent’s in Southport.
The inspirational charity fundraiser, who raised nearly £40million for the NHS, sadly died in hospital earlier today at the age of 100 after testing positive for Covid-19.
The veteran, who captured the hearts of the nation with his fundraising efforts during the first Coronavirus lockdown, died in Bedford Hospital this morning (Tuesday, February 2).
Robert Newbiggin said: “I feel very humble and lucky to have produced what is now recognised as the largest Sir Tom Moore Portrait in the world, larger than life, as he was up in public view.
“I was sad to hear of Sir Tom’s sad passing.
“I hope the painting will be a fitting tribute.
“I have personally given my condolences to the family through his grandson Benjie.”
The incredible 24ft high artwork, named ‘Hope’, was commissioned by Mark Cunningham, Lyn Cunningham and Jacqui Holt, Directors of Anthony James Estate Agents, and painted by Robert Newbiggin. It was installed on 6 December 2020.
Robert, a former professional boxer and a current boxing coach, is also behind famous artworks of notable figures including Eric Morecambe, Dame Vera Lynn and Eddie Large.
A second huge mural, featuring some of the NHS heroes who cared for patients during the Covid-19 pandemic, was painted by Robert and was installed on the other side of the building.
The two giant murals took six months to create on separate boards at Robert’s home.
Later this year they are due to be auctioned off to raise money for the NHS.
Mark Cunningham said: “We wanted to create something that was a really visual way of thanking everyone on the frontline of our health service and Captain Sir Tom Moore.
“I had the idea early on in the pandemic. Every Thursday night, we would stand on our doorsteps and clap for the NHS, but then the clapping ended.
“So I wanted to create something else that showed our huge appreciation of the NHS and for Captain Sir Tom Moore, after he inspired the whole nation.”
Today, after the war hero’s tragic death, Captain Sir Tom Moore’s daughters Hannah Ingram-Moore and Lucy Teixeira hailed the last year of his life as “nothing short of remarkable”.
They said: “He was rejuvenated and experienced things he’d only ever dreamed of.”
Sir Tom had been taken to hospital on Sunday after being treated for pneumonia for some time and testing positive for Coronavirus last week.
His family praised the care he had received from the NHS and said they had been able to spend time with him in his final hours.
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