Charity hero hits £100,000 target

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CHARITY hero Ian Campbell who is spending the year gigging in pubs to raise money for wounded soldiers has met his £100,000 target three months early.

Kimberley singer Ian, known on the stage as Frankie Martin, reached his target last weekend after raising a whopping £5,500 in three nights.

He said: “I was a little emotional and completely overwhelmed by it all. It just means so much to me.”

Touring pubs nationwide and living out of a transit van, Ian is doing 366 gigs in as many days to raise money for Help for Heroes.

He set out last April with the aim of raising £18,000, but after reaching the target in the first couple of months, raised it to £100,000.

And he hit the milestone after a particularly successful weekend where he raised £3,000 at pubs in Bedfordshire on Friday and Saturday and £2,500 at a pub in Northamptonshire on Sunday.

The swing singer now has less than 60 days to go before he returns to Kimberley for his final gig at the miners welfare in Eastwood Road.

He said the whole experience had ‘rekindled his faith in human nature’ and made him realise what was important in life.

“It makes you sit back and take stock,” he said. “It’s made me think differently about the life we live in this country.”

Born into a forces family, Ian wanted to raise awareness of the continuing sacrifices made by British Armed Forces personnel.

The Help for Heroes charity raises money to support soldiers who have been wounded in the service of their country.