A GARAGE door featuring a painting of Captain Sir Tom Moore has raised an amazing £305 for the NHS.
The painting, by Studley residents Daryl and Claire Lancaster, was produced last summer as Captain Sir Tom triumphantly completed his challenge to do 100 laps of his garden before he was 100 years old – in the process raising an astounding £39million for the NHS.
The tribute immediately became a local attraction, and when Captain Sir Tom died last month, flowers were laid at it in his memory.
In fact such was the stir that Daryl and Claire hit upon auctioning the door – with the painting – to boost funds for the NHS.
Littleton Auctions of Evesham offered to sell it free of charge on March 6 while Fort Doors of Castle Bromwich said they’d replace the couple’s Watts Road garage door with a new one, also free of charge.
“I was nervous, very nervous when the auction started,” said Claire.
Bidding opened at £100 and with bids being made at £10 a time online.
In the end the garage door – already an important piece of social history – was snapped up by the privately owned Beamhurst Museum in Uttoxeter for £305.
“I’m just really pleased it has gone to a museum, and of coursded, the money will all go to the NHS,” said Claire.
For more on the Beamhurst Museum, visit: http://www.beamhurstmuseum.co.uk