Captain Tom Moore, 99 year old World War 2 veteran and walkathon legend, has officially set two very significant records before his 100th birthday.
CAPTION: Captain Tom Moore and his singing partner – and favourite singer – Michael Ball show off their Number One charts award after their cover of You’ll Never Walk Alone debuted at Number 1. Photo courtesy Official Charts web site.
Last week, Captain Tom officially became the oldest person to achieve a number 1 hit single on the UK music charts, beating Sir Tom Jones’ 2009 Islands in the Stream when he was 68 – and is also now officially recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records for the most money raised by charity walk (individual), when he passed the £28 million mark.
His total fundraising effort has since gone past £29 million – AU$56million – and still climbing.
All money raised from the Number ! song are also going to his charity appeal – as are the coins and notes included in some of the 100,000 (and counting) birthday cards he has received so far – so many birthday cards in fact, there’s a dedicated team of 60 volunteers set up in his local school hall just to deal with them.
Captain Tom will turn 100 years old on Thursday.