Inspirational fundraiser Captain Tom Moore reaches UK Number one at age 99

The veteran, who released a charity single with Michael Ball and the NHS Voices of Care Choir, has become the oldest person to reach the top spot

By Rachel Mackie
Friday, 24th April 2020, 6:32 pm
Updated Friday, 24th April 2020, 6:42 pm

The charity Single ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ featuring inspirational fundraiser Captain Tom Moore has reached number one in the UK charts.

Captain Tom will be turning 100 years old at the end of April and, at 99, is the oldest person ever to reach number one.

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Profits from the charity single will go towards the NHS Charities Together fund and is a collaboration between Michael Ball, the NHS Voices of Care Choir along with the famous veteran.

Captain Tom shot to fame after raising almost £30 million for the NHS by aiming to walk 100 times around his garden before his 100th birthday, which he achieved last week.

The song has been raising spirits during the coronavirus lockdown and has already sold 82,000 copies, beating Canadian artist The Weeknd.

The Weeknd had earlier in the week tweeted his support for Captain Tom over his own single, saying: “Everyone in the UK please support @captaintommoore / @mrmichaelball single so this incredible 99 yr old war veteran, walking for the British National Health Service @NHSuk & now raised $35 Million can have a No 1 for his 100th birthday in the UK! We’re rooting for you. XO!”

Inspirational fundraiser Captain Tom Moore reaches UK Number one at age 99

Captain Tom has taken the accolade of oldest number one artist from Welsh performer Sir Tom Jones, who was 68 years old when his hit Islands in the Stream was rereleased for Comic Relief.

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