Captain Tom Moore ‘doesn’t feel famous’ despite raising over £28m for NHS
Captain Tom Moore has become a national treasure after raising more than £28 million for the NHS’ fight against coronavirus, but he still ‘doesn’t feel famous’.
The 99-year-old war hero attracted the staggering amount of donations after successfully completing 100 laps around his garden in support of the healthcare professionals bravely putting themselves at risk on the coronavirus frontlines.
Since then, Captain Tom has catapulted to stardom worldwide and was even honoured with the Pride of Britain Award this week for his incredibly charitable efforts.
He’s also contending with pop superstar The Weeknd for the number one spot with his charity single, You’ll Never Walk Alone, featuring Michael Ball and the NHS Voices of Care Choir.
How he finds the stamina, we’ll never know.
Despite experiencing what must be some of the most surreal weeks of his life, Captain Tom is casually taking it in his stride.
‘I am genuinely so happy that so many people have got behind my desire to support the NHS frontline staff to thank them for my fabulous treatment for a broken hip and skin cancer,’ Captain Tom told Metro.co.uk.
He added of his newfound fame: ‘If the lockdown was not in place no one would have heard of me.
‘I am purely just here to help out our wonderful NHS, and support this truly worthy cause. I don’t feel famous! All I can say is a huge thank you to everyone for supporting me.’
Captain Tom, who turns 100 on 30 April, admitted that his younger self ‘would not believe what has happened’, adding: ‘It is almost unbelievable to me today.’
‘To have the support I have received from the general public and around the world is genuinely humbling. I set out on my walk to support our wonderful NHS and look what has happened now,’ he said.
The former soldier’s charity single is currently just a few thousand sales apart from The Weeknd’s monster hit Blinding Lights.
You’ll Never Walk Alone, a cover of Gerry & The Pacemakers’ hit, was chosen by Michael Ball whose voice Captain Tom describes as ‘magnificent’.
However the track had a special place in Tom’s heart too as he explained: ‘I agreed with his choice as it resonates with so many people around the UK and wider world who cannot be with loved ones during this lockdown.
‘The words are true, “You’ll never walk alone”, are words to remember.
‘Tomorrow is a new day, things will get better, and do remember to talk to everyone in your network to ensure they are happy and safe. We are in this together; we are not only supporting our NHS staff, but each other, too.’
Captain Tom has also kindly released a video explaining how to download You’ll Never Walk Alone directly to your phone for just 99p which, of course, goes to charity.
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