This may sound a little twee but if everyone had Tom McLeod’s attitude the world would probably be a better place.
The Blackpool singer was born with a cleft palate but was lucky enough to have surgery as a child which proved successful.
But he’s not forgotten things could have turned out very differently and has since dedicated his spare time to helping others.
He has raised more than £15,000 for various charities over the past few years and has just embarked on his latest mission – to buy a wheelchair for a seven-year-old local girl suffering from cerebral palsy.
He is kickstarting the fundraising by holding a Christmas Wishes Ball at Viva on Sunday (December 1), which will feature singers and dancers, as well as a performance from Tom, who is an award winning vocalist.
“Because I’m someone who had a disability when I was born I just feel it is important to not take the fact that I am OK now for granted and to help others who are in a less fortunate position,” said Tom, who, considering he is only 18, has the type of attitude that puts most of us to shame.
“When I was born my parents were told there was an 80 per cent chance of me being deaf and dumb. When they fed me the milk would just trickle straight through my nose.
“Thankfully the op I had was a success. I had a check up when I was 16 and everything is fine, but not everyone has been as lucky as me and I’m well aware of that.”
Tom, who lives near Stanley Park, started singing when he was 11 and turned professional a couple of years ago, and now gigs around the UK.
The Viva show on Sunday includes two ticket options – a show ticket only at £14.95 or a three-course meal plus the show for £29.95.
Doors open at 6pm, dinner served at 7pm, with the show kicking off an hour later. There is also an auction with prizes including two tickets for a VIP Suite at Manchester Arena to watch Will.I.Am.
Tickets are available at www.vivablackpool.com or by calling (01253) 297297.