Blackpool-born crooner Alfie Boe has earned a place into the hearts of many fans all over the world.
And one group of fans’ way of giving back to the man they love is to make a donation to the resort’s Trinity Hospice, of which Alfie is a patron, to mark his 40th birthday.
The group of up to 100 fans, which calls itself Alfie’s Angels, have sent £1,535 to the hospice in time for Alfie’s birthday on Sunday.
The sum equates to $2,460.10 – the group’s target to reflect his Les Misèrables character Jean Valjean’s prison number 24601.
The money was collected by New Yorker Kathy Chelsen, 55, who said her life changed when she first heard Alfie sing in 2007 as part of his role in Kismet.
She said: “I heard his voice and my life has not been the same since.
“Alfie’s Angels is just a group of people with a common interest, and this collection was just something that we wanted to do. We all talk about how Alfie’s music plays such a big part in our lives; we enjoy all the music he brings to us and we want to give something back.”
The Angels, who come from all over the world and even have members in Blackpool, spent three months planning and making the donations.
Kathy, a PA for the Foreign Service currently based in Ghana, said: “This was a fun project to do, and it’s so exciting that we met the 24601 target.
“We’d talked on forums and social media about what should do and we’ve donated to Nordoff Robbins (music therapy charity of which Alfie is an ambassador) and we decided the hospice was a good idea as hospices tend not to get a lot of funding.
“So many people have mentioned they’ve had family members who have been helped in hospice care. It just seemed like a good idea.”
A Trinity Hospice spokesman said: “It’s is so nice when something unexpected like this happens.
“Alfie’s fans get in touch with us via Twitter, Facebook or the Trinity website to give us their support. In March, when we launched our Brian House bracelet appeal, we had orders from far and wide and we were very kindly given a mention in his Tour programme.
“The idea of marking his 40th birthday by giving a donation to the hospice is very touching and very much appreciated by everyone here at Trinity Hospice and Brian House. A huge thank you to Alfie and his team – and to his generous fans around the world.”