Singers support Dementia UK fundraising
CHARITY champion Frankie Johns is continuing his campaign to raise £1 million for the charity Dementia UK.
Singer Frankie, whose real name is John Billitteri, performed at an afternoon tea party at the Beehive Centre in Whitehall, raising an impressive £721.
"It was really brilliant," Frankie said. "I really didn't expect to raise that much but the people there were really generous and were happy to support such a good cause."
Frankie, 59, brought in a further £200 when he performed by Quarry House Home Care in Channons Hill, Fishponds.
He belted out old time nostalgia classics including It's a Long Way to Tipperary, Pack Up Your Troubles, Roll Out the Barrel and Underneath the Arches.
The two events have helped boost Frankie's total to more than £5,000.
He said: "I didn't start until July so I can't believe I've got this much already. There were a lot of people who supported me when I raised money for Help for Heroes but people seem to be embracing this cause even more, which is amazing."
Frankie, who lives in Kingswood, has raised more than £70,000 for Help for Heroes but decided to adopt Dementia UK as his latest cause following the death of his mother-in-law Barbara Fudge.
Barbara, 81, from Barton Hill, spent her final days at Saffron Gardens in Whitehall.
Admiral nurses from Dementia UK gave her family practical support and advice to help them understand Barbara's illness.
Frankie is continuing his campaign with an afternoon entertainment event at Longwell Green Community Centre on Sunday November 18 from 2-6pm. The event, which will be compered by Paul Foster, will include the singers Naomi, Dave Dean and Frankie's daughter Marisa, a former X Factor contestant.
There will also be a raffle and a guest appearance by Miss Great Britain Kobe-Jean Cole, who lives in Kingswood.
Tickets are £5 and can be purchased from the community centre or by calling Frankie on 07775 870129. People can also donate via Frankie's page at www.justgiving.com or by ringing him.