A 99-year-old veteran of the Second World War, who celebrates his 100th birthday next month, has sung his way to thousands of pounds for the Help for Heroes charity.
Of Maidstone in Kent, Charlie Pallett is registered blind and wears two hearing aids, but that has not stopped his lifelong passion for singing raising money for ‘the lads’.
Mr Pallett had an initial target of £1,000; however, he is capturing the hearts of people up and down the country, that figure now stands at nearly £3,000.
The great-great-grandfather gives a heartwarming performance of one of his wartime favourites, ‘ Keep right on to the end of the road’ in a video published on YouTube.
Mr Pallett, inspired by the late Captain Sir Tom Moore, said:
“I said I would like to do that to raise money for the lads, the guys I was with in the war.
“That’s why this started, and I’m very pleased with what it has achieved.”
On turning 18, Mr Pallett got called up to Her Majesty’s Service.
While stationed in Maidstone, Kent, he met his wife-to-be Madge and the pair married in 1943.
They were husband and wife for 76 years, living most of their married life in Maidstone before she sadly died in June 2019 at the age of 95.
Carole Groves, national senior fundraising manager at Help for Heroes, said:
“For Charlie to ask for donations to help other war heroes instead of receiving cards and presents for his 100th birthday is so incredibly generous – and also timely as the past 12 months have been tougher than ever for veterans living with a life-changing injury or illness.
“We can’t stop watching his wonderful video, which warms the cockles of our hearts. By supporting veterans and their families, Charlie is helping us give them the strength they need to live the lives they deserve.”
You can donate to Charlie Pallett’s 100th Birthday fundraising efforts on his JustGiving page.