Captain Tom Moore, 99, ‘is added to honours shortlist as nominations flood in’ after he raised £28million for the NHS by walking laps of his garden
- War veteran Captain Tom has reportedly been added to honours shortlist
- He captured the hearts of the nation after fundraising for NHS amid pandemic
- Captain Tom Moore has also become the oldest person to have a No.1 single
Captain Tom Moore has reportedly been added to the honours shortlist after nominations for him flooded for him.
The war veteran from Bedfordshire raised £28 million for the NHS by walking laps of his garden.
Captain Tom could now receive a CBE after his fundraising efforts for the National Health Service amid the coronavirus pandemic captured the hearts of the nation.
Captain Tom Moore has reportedly been added to the honours shortlist after nominations for him flooded for him
The ceremony for the next round of gongs is scheduled for June.
A source told The Sun: ‘Thousands of nominations have poured in for him and he’s been put forward for the shortlist to get an official honour for recognition of his charity work and the positive impact he’s had on the whole of the country during the pandemic.’
‘The committee’s shortlists will go to the Prime Minister for approval first and it’s likely Tom’s nomination will pass with no objections.’
It comes as Captain Tom has become the oldest person to have a No.1 single after his song with Michael Ball reached the top of the UK charts.
The record was previously held by Tom Jones, who reached No.1 with [Barry] Islands In The Stream aged 68 in 2006, 32 years younger than Tom is now.
Captain Tom could now receive a CBE after his fundraising efforts for the National Health Service amid the coronavirus pandemic captured the hearts of the nation
Captain Tom will still hold the top spot when he celebrates his 100th birthday on April 30 next week.
Captain Tom and Michael’s hit version of Liverpool Football Club anthem You’ll Never Walk Alone has also become the fastest-selling single of 2020.
Their lead did appear to be threatened by The Weeknd, Drake and Dua Lipa, however The Weeknd backed the veteran in a tweet on Thursday afternoon.
Abel Tesfaye – known as The Weeknd – tweeted his support of Captain Tom’s Official Chart bid to his 11.8 million followers, wishing him a happy birthday.
The former British Army Officer took to Twitter on Friday to share his gratitude to the Starboy hitmaker, 30, for supporting his song.
Number one! It is also the first time that Michael has ever managed to bag a No.1 single
Tagging the singer in his sweet message, Captain Tom, who has just been awarded a Pride Of Britain Award, said: ‘My goodness, how gracious of you @theweeknd Benji tells me you’re rather talented and very popular! What a kind gesture. Thank you!’
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!
‘I have to thank Michael Ball, the NHS Voices of Care Choir and everyone behind the scenes, who shared their talents and expertise in order to raise money for the NHS, to whom we owe so much.
Super star: Captain Tom broke two huge records in the space of a week
‘And, of course, the public for buying the single and donating – we’re in this together, and I am forever grateful for your support. And this just proves ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’
It also marks the first time Michael has achieved a No.1 single after his track Love Changes Everything managed to reach No.2 in 1989.
Michael said: ‘This is the most extraordinary thing, one of the proudest moments of my career. But it’s not about me it’s about Captain Tom, thank you for giving him a No.1 on his 100th birthday!’
Co-Managing Director of Decca Records Group, Tom Lewis says of the triumph ‘This has been the most incredible, exciting team effort.
‘Everyone at Decca has completely fallen in love with Captain Tom. We felt we had to do everything possible to add a No.1 single and UK chart history to his already extraordinary list of achievements.
‘We’re absolutely delighted for Captain Tom and also for Michael who has made chart history of his own by landing his first number 1 single. Special thanks must go to Ste Softley, Phil Bowdery, Nick Patrick and Jim Hawkins who created and delivered the track within one day!’
Chief Executive of Official Charts Company, Martin Talbot, comments: ‘The sight of Captain Tom Moore and Michael Ball at the top of the Official Singles Chart this week should lift everybody’s spirits in these extraordinary times.
Success! Captain Tom and Michael’s hit version of Liverpool Football Club anthem You’ll Never Walk Alone has also become the fastest-selling single of 2020
‘We are absolutely delighted to see them at the pinnacle and setting new landmarks as they go – including a record as the oldest Number 1 Singles artist of all time.
‘It has been a roller coaster week, starting with a big initial lead for Capt Tom, before The Weeknd closed the gap yesterday to almost nothing – before a massive surge in the final day by Capt Tom. Huge thanks to the Weeknd for lending his support at the eleventh hour.
‘But this is Captain Tom’s week – congratulations sir and happy birthday for next us week. You are a hero to all.’
Captain Tom started his walk (100 laps of the garden, 10 per day) less than four weeks ago with the initial goal being to make £1,000 for the NHS, in time for his 100th birthday. He has now raised almost £29 million.
You’ll Never Walk Alone’featuring Captain Tom Moore, Michael Ball & the NHS Voices of Care Choir is out now on Decca Records
100 per cent of the proceeds from the single will be donated to Captain Tom Moore’s 100th Birthday Walk in aid of NHS Charities Together which supports the incredible NHS staff and volunteers caring for COVID-19 patient.
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