Plaque to honour Captain Tom unveiled at Airedale Hospital
A plaque to honour Captain Tom Moore has been unveiled at Airedale Hospital, near Keighley, to coincide with his 100th birthday.
Captain Moore, who was born and brought up in Keighley, has raised over £31m for the NHS by walking laps of his Bedfordshire garden ahead of his 100th birthday on 30 April.
Airedale NHS Foundation Trust and Bradford Council joined forces to commission the plaque to honour Keighley’s home-grown hero, which is located in the hospital’s Main Entrance.
“Here at Airedale we are moved beyond words by Captain Tom’s incredible endeavour” says Brendan Brown, Chief Executive of Airedale NHS Foundation Trust. “This is the bringing together of two national treasures: Captain Tom and the NHS. As Keighley’s hospital, and as we celebrate our 50th year, it is an enormous privilege to unveil this plaque on his birthday, to honour him, to say happy birthday and to thank him for his extraordinary achievement for the NHS.
“It also pays tribute to our hard-working staff who continue to do all they can to fight COVID-19, and to our local community whose support has been extremely generous.”
Kersten England, Chief Executive of Bradford Council, said: “We are delighted to be able to honour this great son of Keighley, who has been such an inspiration and lifted our spirits at one of the most challenging times in so many people’s lives.”
Cllr Doreen Lee, Lord Mayor of Bradford: “I am delighted that Captain Tom’s wonderful efforts have been recognised with this plaque, which will so powerfully remind all users of the hospital of his great act of cheerful public-spiritedness. I am also very pleased that Airedale General Hospital is celebrating its 50th birthday. I well remember it being built and I have used it many times; both my grandchildren were born there, so the hospital and its brilliant staff have served me and my family, together with many, many others extremely well over the years. It is a much needed and well-loved hospital serving Keighley and the wider community and I hope it continues to do so for many years to come.”
The plaque is a temporary one while the official one is cast by Buxton-based Leander Architectural, who are donating the plaque for free.
99-year old Captain Tom originally set out to raise £1000 for the NHS, but his story struck a chord with the public and support came in from all over the world. Last week, the Captain opened the new NHS Nightingale Yorkshire and the Humber in Harrogate, via video link.