Captain Tom Moore’s extraordinary fundraising efforts continued as the 99-year-old took the number 1 spot on the official Big Top 40 ranking.
The Yorkshire veteran, who has walked 100 laps of his garden to raise money for the NHS, has published a cover of You Will Never Walk Alone with Michael Ball and the NHS Voices of Care Choir.
And it was announced tonight at the UK’s biggest graphics show on Capital and Heart that the new single went straight to the top of the charts.
Hero: Captain Tom Moore made his number one debut in the UK’s biggest card show with his charity single for the NHS
His campaign has so far raised more than £ 26 million on JustGiving and his charitable single is also at the top of the iTunes Store.
Third in the official Big Top 40 ranking was the duo of Dame Vera Lynn and Katherine Jenkins of We Meet Again, who also raises funds for the NHS.
Responding to the news of the success of her card, Captain Moore’s daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore said, “Oh my God! Do you think something else could happen to us?
“We work our little socks as you can imagine, we are fully Team Tom! Thank you for supporting us all and thank you to the British public, we really appreciate it. ‘
Originally from Keighley, West Yorkshire, Captain Moore trained as a civil engineer before enlisting in the army for the Second World War, becoming captain and serving in India and Burma.
Proud: Captain Moore’s daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore had trouble believing the success of her card
The 99-year-old has even promised to continue walking around his garden in Marston Moretaine’s Bedfordshire Village in order to raise funds for the fight against the coronavirus.
Hannah said her father was thrilled to work with one of her favorite singers Michael Ball for the single.
She said, “He likes country and western a little bit, he likes André Rieu a bit, he likes big band a bit, he likes the songs of WWII veterans, but he always liked Michael Ball, so he’s in a very good business. ‘
The WWII veteran from Keighley, West Yorkshire, achieved his goal of going home a fortnight before his 100th birthday on April 30.
Captain Moore was posted to India where he participated in the Arakan campaign from 1942 to 1943 during the Second World War
Captain Moore has so far raised more than £ 26 million on his JustGiving page, despite an initial goal of £ 1,000 when he started fundraising just over a week ago.
Her 16-year-old grandson, Benji, said, “He’s as a real Yorkshireman as you’re going to do, he takes everything in his stride. He will not boast about it at all, he is probably one of the most humble men you have ever met in your life. But I calmly think he really likes him.
Speaking today on BBC Radio 2, Captain Tom said the amount raised by the public was “incredible”, while his daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore said that the public had given him a “new purpose”.
Members of the public asked Captain Tom to become a knight for his work
War hero Captain Moore is pictured with his two daughters Lucy and Hannah in a post on his Twitter account
While many have campaigned for Captain Tom to be number one, there are also calls to have him knighted.
He laughed at the suggestion and said, “It sounds beautiful, doesn’t it, but I don’t think it will happen. If I were you, I wouldn’t hold your breath.
“I wouldn’t put too much money on Sir Thomas, the idea is great but don’t count on it. “
Hannah said last week that the couple had been interviewed on television around the world and said the celebrity “hadn’t changed” her father.
Robert Jenrick Says Captain Tom Moore Will Be Guest Of Honor At Nightingale Opening
Captain of the Second World War, Captain Tom Moore, will be the guest of honor at the opening of the new NHS Nightingale hospital for the Yorkshire area in Harrogate next week.
The 99-year-old’s attempt to raise money for the NHS by walking around his garden tours reached £ 23 million this afternoon – less than two weeks after launching the challenge.
Jenrick thanked Captain Moore for his fundraising efforts for the NHS, saying, “We have all been humbled by the gestures, young and old, of people across the country to show their support for those who work so hard to protect the NHS and save lives.
“Nothing more than Captain Tom Moore, who raised an astounding £ 23 million this week for NHS charities.
“I cannot think of a person more worthy of being the guest of honor at the opening of the new Nightingale Hospital in Harrogate next week. “
“He’s still your fabulous stoic man typical of Yorkshire and takes him in stride. I think he always had a real purpose and energy, but falling and breaking his hip certainly challenged him because he became a little less independent.
“What the incredible British public has done and I know they feel he has given them everything, which he has of course, but what they have given back is nothing but a glow and a zest for life and determination and it’s just amazing to see. ‘
Captain Tom thanked Michael for his help on the track You will never walk alone and said that it had comforted many people.
He said the public reaction was “incredible” and added: “Your thoughts on national service and doctors and nurses around the world, with that we can say the sun will shine again and we will all walk to new ”.
“It’s wonderful, he seems to be appreciated by so many other people. “
Captain Tom has now been asked to open Nightingale Hospital in his native Yorkshire.
His daughter Hannah said they had received a lot of worried messages from people but reassured them that he would virtually attend the opening.
Tom added today that he continued to walk. He said he didn’t go out this morning because of the weather but wanted to leave later today because the sun had come.
Captain Tom has now been asked to open Nightingale Hospital in his native Yorkshire