Opportunity to donate to charity while at gig

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A VILLAGE pub is looking for donations and prizes as part of a charity fundraising event.

Solo performer Frankie Martin has been on his Great British Pub Tour in which he aims to perform 366 shows, across 366 different towns and venues, in 366 days to raise money for Help for Heroes.

The Wheatsheaf, at Hubberts Bridge will be his 361st show on April 14, and the owners are looking to hold a charity auction or prize draw on the night.

Landlord Alan Hall said: “I would be very grateful if there was anything people could give as a prize or donation and help make this event a success for Frankie and Help for Heroes.”

Born into a forces family at RAF Nocton Hall, Lincolnshire, Frankie Martin is constantly raising awareness of the ‘continuing sacrifices made by British armed forces personnel world wide’ while entertaining with songs by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole and Michael Buble.

He said: “This is my most exciting and important tour ever.

“The great British pub raises more money for charity than anyone realises.

“I want to help promote that fact while doing what I can for the many brave British service personnel who have stood firm, stood proud and done their duty whatever the cost.

“British pubs, even in these extremely hard times, are constantly at the heart of charity fundraising in the UK and all the money raised will be spent by Help for Heroes to improve the lives of wounded service personnel.”

Frankie’s original target was £13,000 but has recently hit the £108,000 mark and has described some of his best experiences.

In Yardley, Hastings, he was given £1,000 to break his £100,000 target, in Louth, Lincolnshire, he was given a Glenfiddich tube full of coppers a man had been saving for his grandchildren’s holidays and at the Sparrowhawk, near Burnley. the staff donated their tips to the singer.

Frankie said: “The simple human kindness of the people of this nation is astounding!”

All proceeds go to Help For Heroes who try to improve the lives of wounded military personel.

l More information on ‘The Great British Pub Tour’ can be found by visiting: www.helpforheroes.org.uk/great-british-pub-tour.html.