Britain’s Got Talent winner Colin Thackery reveals he’s giving away £250,000 prize money to Royal Chelsea Hospital where he lives


BRITAIN’S Got Talent winner Colin Thackery revealed that he is giving his £250,000 prize money to Royal Chelsea Hospital during an appearance on This Morning.

The 89-year-old Army veteran and singer, won the hearts of the nation and sang his way to victory as he beat magician X in last night’s live final.

Colin Thackery appeared on This Morning today to discuss his win

Colin’s humble response to host Phillip Schofield’s question on how he will spend the money will no doubt warm the nation’s hearts a little more.

He insisted that rather than pocket the money himself, he intends to give the money to the London hospital where he lives in sheltered accommodation alongside other veterans.

“Well first of all the hospital, because we are a charity and we are always collecting for something,” said Colin.

“We’ve got a new centre that we’ve been wanting to build, a visitors centre, activity centre. I’d love to think that I set the whole thing off.”

Colin won the 2019 series of Britain’s Got Talent after singing Love Changes Everything
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He added: “And of course I’ve got family. I’ve got grandchildren wanting to get on the property ladder and all that sort of thing and of course A-Levels and all that.”

Following his win on last night’s show, an emotional Colin was overwhelmed at his success and was overjoyed at winning the opportunity to perform at the Royal Variety Performance in front of the Queen.

He told Ant and Dec: “I’m absolutely astonished. The backing I’ve had has been fantastic.”

On performing for the Queen, he added: “That’s the job. That’s what I wanted.”

During the show, the Chelsea pensioner earned a standing ovation for his moving rendition of Love Changes Everything.

He beat Magician X in last night’s final
Colin with his late wife Joan, who died three years ago after sixty years of marriage

As his song came to an end, the crowd chanted his name.

“What a magic moment you have created on this show,” Walliams said.

“I think tonight you are unbeatable.”

Holden said she knew Thackery was not taking part because of the fame and glamour.

“I know that this is because you served your country and I hope tonight that they serve you,” she  said.

Meanwhile, fans took to Twitter to reveal that they were in ‘floods of tears’ following his emotional performance.

“Colin Thackeray has brought out all my emotions on every single performance. As if my mind isn’t all over the place already, he has my heart,” commented one.

While another added: “Wow! So many emotions right now. What a beautiful performance from Colin Thackeray #BGT2019“

And a third said: “@Offical_BGT  let Colin Thackeray sing at the royal variety performance regardless #Hero #wartimeveteran #niceman”

From the moment Colin’s audition was shown on the ITV show last month, he had stolen the nation’s hearts with his heartfelt performances, including Wind Beneath My Wings and We’ll Meet again.

His initial audition had the audience and judges crying, as he dedicated it to his late wife Joan who died three years ago of breast cancer after more than 60 years of marriage.

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