Kent nurses feature on Captain Tom Moore’s No.1 single

Two nurses from the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust have been featured in Captain Tom Moore and Michael Ball’s version of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone.’

The rendition made No1 on the official UK singles chart last week.

Heather Callaghan and Gerry Finney, work in the Emergency Departments (ED) at both Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells hospitals.

They successfully applied to be part of the NHS Voices of Care Choir which provided the backing vocals on the track which is raising money for NHS Charities Together.

Backing vocals

The friends have known each other for over 26 years.

What they didn’t know was that they would be providing backing vocals, for a single in aid of charity that would eventually reach No1.

Heather, from Maidstone, said: “I don’t usually have the confidence to sing in front of people but then I got the email from a colleague on Thursday 16 April asking if I knew anyone who might interested in singing on a charity single which was being put together by a high-profile celebrity.

I cannot tell you how uplifting is having been to be involved with something like this.

“I thought it might help pick me up and push me outside my comfort zone so I sent an email back saying I was interested.

“Later that day I got an email from the producer asking me to click on a link at 8pm and to record myself singing.

“The next day I got a message saying my recording had been selected and to tune into BBC Radio 2 at 9am. That was the first time I heard the song and found out that it was by Michael Ball in collaboration with Captain Tom Moore.

Common purpose

“The choir recorded a video with Michael Ball via Zoom later that day and the next morning it was on BBC News. It was all very quick. I cannot tell you how uplifting is having been to be involved with something like this.”

Gerry, from Chatham, who also works a Safeguarding Specialist for the Trust, said: “When I got the email about taking part thought to myself ‘why not?’

“After sending off the recording I messaged Heather saying ’you’ll never believe what I’ve just done?’ and she replied back saying she’d done the same thing!

“I’m really proud to have been involved with the song. Captain Moore embodies everything that is great about the NHS – individual strength and coming together for a common purpose – our patients. I’m sure many people have been moved by what he has achieved.”

He is a noble man and a good example to those on the frontline to carry on. He gives us hope

As he became the oldest artist ever to claim the UK No 1 spot.

Captain Tom Moore captured the nation’s hearts by the walking 100 laps of his garden ahead of his 100th birthday this Thursday (30 April).

The MTW NHS Trust are celebrating the moment and have sent a birthday card to Captain Moore to thank him for the support for the NHS.

The front cover of the card features a portrait of him produced by Allan Javier, Senior Theatre Practitioner (Anaesthetics) at Tunbridge Wells Hospital.

Allan said: “I made the sketch as a token of gratitude to Captain Moore. He is a noble man and a good example to those on the frontline to carry on. He gives us hope.”

Truly phenomenal

Chief Nurse Claire O’Brien has also filmed a special birthday message for Captain Moore which the Trust will share on its social media channels on the day of his birthday.

Claire said: “What Captain Tom Moore has achieved is truly phenomenal. Most of all his efforts have united a country during this challenging time.”

So far, the public’s have raised nearly £30,000,000 for “Tom’s 100th Birthday Walk for The NHS.”

The first target for the cause was £1,000. Since then there have been nearly 1.4 million contributors on his JustGiving page.

To see the video which features Heather Callaghan and Gerry Finney, click here.

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