Friday, May 1, 2020

„You'll Never Walk Alone“

At the beginning of April 2020, when the Corona crisis had also become more and more threatening in Great Britain, the former officer of the British Army Captain Thomas Moore decided to thank the doctors and nurses of the NHS. They had lovingly cared for him during his skin cancer treatment and hip surgery in hospital and he wanted to do something good for all those who help with their work to overcome the crisis.

He started walking back and forth with his walker on his property 25 m on the 6th of April, with the aim of doing 10 laps a day. With his campaign he called for donations to the NHS Charities Together, a consortium of over 250 charities that support the National Health Service (NHS) with their work. By his 100th birthday on 30 April, he wanted to collect 1,000 British pounds.

This goal had already been achieved on 10th April and after the media around the world became aware of it, the amount donated grew exponentially. By the end of April 30, 2020, more than 1.5 million people had donated a total of £ 32,795,497.

When Captain Moore had completed his 100th round, Michael Ball sang "You'll Never Walk Alone" live on BBC Breakfast. Within a day, it became a digital single with Michael Ball's singing and the NHS Voices of Care Choir and the spoken words of Captain Tom. It was immediately released by Decca Records and reached number 1 in the weekly UK single charts on April 24, 2020. This made Thomas Moore the oldest artist ever to reach #1 in the charts and earned him an entry in the Guinness List of World Records.

He received a second entry in the Guinness List for the fundraising campaign that raised the largest amount of money in an individual collection. On his birthday he received over 150,000 birthday cards and many other honors. He received the Pride of Britain Award and was appointed Honorary Colonel of the Army Foundation College in Harrogate.

COVER.INFO would also like to congratulate him on his birthday and wish him strength and health for many more 25 m rounds.