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Hospital unveils tribute to Jane
Portrait of Jane Tomlinson
Jane Tomlinson was made a freeman of Leeds in June.
A portrait of terminal cancer sufferer Jane Tomlinson has been unveiled at the Leeds hospital where she works, in honour of her fundraising efforts.

Alan Flood's portrait of Mrs Tomlinson, 41, from Rothwell, is said to bring together several images depicting her public and private personas.

The picture has been unveiled at Leeds General Infirmary where Mrs Tomlinson works as a paediatric radiographer.

She has raised more than 1m for charity through a series of challenges.

Public icon

The mixed media portrait, in acrylic, oils, plaster and gold leaf, is being displayed by the Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust in the hospital's public Gilbert Scott gallery.

Artist Mr Flood said he had acknowledged Mrs Tomlinson's love for her family, work for the trust and public recognition.

"Jane is such an inspiration to so many people, and of course being in the public eye has become something of an icon," he said.

"I wanted to bring together elements in the portrait from the private and public sides of her life that would tell a story about the things that really matter to her."

Host of awards

Mrs Tomlinson said the picture contained lots of things that were very important to her.

"I really like it," she said. "It's got stuff about the events, about my family and - although I'm central to it - there's a lot else in it about other things around my life."

In the course of her fundraising, the mother-of-three has run the London Marathon three times, competed in two London Triathlons and cycled 2,500 miles from Rome to Leeds.

She has also won a host of awards.

In 2004 she was awarded an MBE and in June this year she was made a freeman of Leeds in a civic ceremony.

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