Thanks a million! Frankie hits fundraising target
Published on: 24 Nov 2017
SINGER Frankie Johns has smashed his ambitious target to collect one million pennies for the charity Help for Heroes.
The 58-year-old came up with the idea back in 2014 and has been busy ever since travelling across the city with his bike and trailer collecting people's spare change.
He also visits schools and puts collection buckets in local pubs and clubs, including those where he performs.
Frankie, whose real name is John Billitteri, has even surpassed his target by reaching the grand total of 1,018,784 pennies - or £10,187.84.
The last big boost came from customers at the Lord Raglan pub in St George after a collection bucket was placed on the bar.
Frankie, who was nominated for a Pride of Britain award for his pennies campaign, said: "It's absolutely brilliant!
"It's been a challenge but a good one. I've loved getting out and meeting people and have met lots of new friends.
"The support people have given me has been fantastic so I'd like to say a huge thank you to them.
"Help for Heroes is a great charity doing a good job to make sure the lives of injured servicemen and women are made as normal as possible.
"It's only through the generosity of the public that they can do what they do."
John, who lives in Kingswood, has already raised more than £70,000 over the years for Help for Heroes, the charity which supports British service men and women who have been wounded or injured in the line of duty.