John's quest passes another milestone

August 04 2017

SINGER John Billitteri has reached another milestone in his campaign to collect one million pennies for the charity Help for Heroes.

SINGER John Billitteri has reached another milestone in his campaign to collect one million pennies for the charity Help for Heroes.

John, who goes by the stage name of Frankie Johns, boosted his total at the recent Armed Forces Day in Page Park to 900,000 coins - £9,000.

"I'm pleased and proud to have got so far. It's all thanks to the generosity of the public because it's them who have done it, not me. I'd like to think I can reach the 1,000,000 target this time next year but it's difficult to predict," he said.

Since he launched his campaign four years ago, John has been travelling around Bristol with his bicycle and trailer to highlight his cause.

He is particularly well known around Staple Hill and Kingswood where he regularly sings in pubs and clubs.

Pub-goers know him so well, he doesn't even need to get his collection bucket out - they just come up to him with their unwanted pennies.

A recent donation of 20,000 coins came as a surprise.

John said: "An anonymous person left £200 worth of pennies in my porch with a note saying 'Good luck with the rest of your fundraising'. It was absolutely fantastic!"

John has always raised money for various charities through his stage act but it wasn't until his daughter Marisa, an X Factor contestant, sang on a number one charity single for Help for Heroes, he decided to make that charity his main focus.

He started the one million pennies campaign in June 2013 after already raising £60,000 for Help for Heroes, which supports service personnel and veterans s.

If you would like to donate your spare pennies to help John reach his final target, please call him on 07775 870129.