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War veteran Capt. Tom Moore, 99, becomes oldest person to top British music charts after raising $35 million

Captain Tom Moore (Just Giving Fundraiser/Released)

It was a quick trip from No. 1 in our hearts to No. 1 on the charts.

Captain Tom Moore, a lap-walking, 99-year-old war veteran who raised millions for health services in the U.K., has now landed atop the British music singles chart.

The former military officer is the oldest person to achieve the feat.

Moore made it to the top Friday with the English singer Michael Ball, who joined the veteran for a duet of the show tune turned legendary folk anthem “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” The NHS Voices of Care Choir provided backup vocals.

“It’s amazing that this should happen to me,” Captain Tom told the BBC’s Radio 1.

Moore and Ball also got an assist from the pop star The Weeknd, who took to Twitter to ask his fans to support the cover. The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” is now second on the chart.

Moore walked 100 laps around his garden and raised more than $35 million (\u00a328 million) for the British National Health Service this month. He completed his laps April 16.

The Weeknd, 30, tweeted, “$35 Million can have a No 1 for his 100th birthday in the UK!We’re routing for you.”

Moore turns 100 on Thursday.


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