Captain Tom Moore, the 99-year-old war veteran who made global headlines by completing an inspiring fundraising walk for the National Health Service (NHS), is strolling to No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart.
Moore teamed up with Michael Ball and the NHS Voices Of Care Choir on a cover of Gerry & The Pacemakers’ “Never Walk Alone” (Decca), a song which has taken an early lead in the race to the Official U.K. Singles Chart.
After 48 hours of sales and streaming activity, the fundraising track shifted almost 36,000 units, mostly on downloads, according to the Official Charts Company. That’s a lead of 22,000 chart sales ahead of the reigning No. 1, The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights.”
Moore last Thursday completed 100 laps of his 25 meter garden path in Bedfordshire, telling the BBC, “I’m feeling fine.”
His physical challenge warmed the hearts of a nation, and raised more than £26 million ($32 million) for the NHS.
Moore, who served in Myanmar during the Second World War, has been lauded by the Duke of Cambridge as a “one-man fundraising machine” and described as a beacon of hope during the coronavirus emergency.
If Moore does maintain his fast pace through to Friday’s chart reveal, he could bag a No. 1 single just in time for his 100th birthday, on April 30.
All proceeds from the record will be donated to NHS Charities Together to support the NHS staff and volunteers caring for COVID-19 patients.
Also starting fast out the gate is “You Taught Me What Love Is” by Britain’s Got Talent contestant and pediatrics nurse Beth Porch, who works on the frontline in the fight against COVID-19 and is recovering after contracting the novel coronavirus.
Proceeds from the release will be split equally between NHS Charities Together and Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.
And finally, Sam Smith and Demi Lovato’s “I’m Ready” starts at No. 11 on the Official Chart First Look. The track will appear on Smith’s forthcoming third studio album, which will be renamed and rescheduled for release later this year due to the health crisis.