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25 April 2020, 14:36 | Updated: 27 April 2020, 08:34
Proceeds from all 82,000 song sales will go to the Captain’s incredible 100th Birthday Walk fund.
Captain Tom Moore, 99, has become the oldest artist to reach No. 1 in the Official Singles Chart.
His duet of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ with musical theatre star Michael Ball is the fastest-selling single of 2020, with 82,000 copies sold and all proceeds going to the NHS Charities Together fund.
Recorded with the Voice of Care Choir, the charity single came about after an impromptu singalong on Breakfast TV yesterday. It is available on Apple Music here.
Speaking from his home in Bedfordshire, where he lives with daughter Hannah and her family, Captain Tom said: “What wonderful news to receive today, a No.1 single and a record breaker too – my grandchildren can’t believe I am a chart-topper!”
Moore, a Second World War veteran, has captured the nation’s hearts since raising almost £29 million for the NHS by walking 25m lengths of his family’s garden in Bedfordshire.
The 99-year-old had originally aimed to raise £1,000 to help fight the coronavirus pandemic, by walking 100 laps to mark his upcoming 100th birthday on 30 April. He vows to carry on for as long as the donations keep going in.
Downing Street has said he will receive recognition from the PM for his “heroic efforts”. A petition for Moore to be knighted has passed 500,000 signatures.
‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ is the second high-profile coronavirus charity single to be released, following Dame Vera Lynn and Katherine Jenkins’ re-recording of ‘We’ll Meet Again’ to raise money to support NHS workers and volunteers.