March 2nd 2021 Leeds City Council have recognised my fundraising and they have awarded me with a Highly Commended award in the Health and Wellbeing category. This was for the fundraising in 2020 for the Mental Health charity Mind raising £9,700.
Tony and Keith created this statue so they could show what they are capable of creating. They both admired Captain Sir Tom Moore for his fundraising efforts, strength of character, and his Yorkshire ties, seen as Tony is from Yorkshire. Additionally, Tony wanted to showcase this piece in his gallery, which is due to open, once lockdown is over.
In March 2020, before the 'The Walk of Hope' statue was created, Tony and his team created a life sized brass statue of Marcelo Bielsa the Leeds United Manager. His aim for this statue was to raise funds for the charity MIND and one lucky fan won it. This statue raised £9,700 for charity. The MIND charity was chosen because in 2002, Tony was caught up in the Bali bombs and although he was not physically hurt, mentally this tradegy affected him.
Following this , Tony wanted to create something positive and during a phone call with his friend Keith in April 2020, they decided to create a lifesize statue of Captain Sir Tom Moore, made from bronze.
Tony has been in contact with the Captain Sir Tom Moore Foundation and they are aware of it and are in awe of it.
Due to the sad passing of Captain Sir Tom Moore , Tony and Keith have now decided to set a target of £60,000 to cover the costs for this statue with 10% being donated to The Veterans Charity registered charity number 1123149.
17th of February
Saira Ali Team Leader of Bradford Council’s Landscape, Design & Conservation Team is leading on the Council’s support for this campaign and supporting efforts to get it moved to Keighley. Sir Tom’s family will also be consulted to make sure they are happy with this tribute.