George Michael Still Donating To Charity Two Years After His Death
The Christmas before last was an extremely sad day for George Michael fans.
The singer died as a result of a heart condition, aged just 53.
During his lifetime, he forged a reputation as a British music icon, earning seven number one singles in the UK. But away from the stage, he was also known for his philanthropy.
Now, almost two years on from his death, some of Michael's favourite causes have revealed they have received donations from his estate.
A source from the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) Childline confirmed they had received a surprise boost from the former Wham! star.
According to the Mirror, the source said: "Out of the blue, George has made a considerable donation to Childline. It is hugely appreciated."
Dame Esther Rantzen, the founder of Childline, has previously said that the singer donated his royalties from 1996 single 'Jesus to a Child' to the charity.
Los Angeles-based AIDS charity, Project Angel Food, has also claimed to have received an email confirming the resumption of donations to the charity.
According to the Mirror, Richard Ayoub, the charity's executive director, said: "We got £20k a year wired to us from George. That was on pause, then I got an email about a donation. It's really pretty magical."
Michael began making his annual donation to the charity in 1993 after his partner at the time, Anselmo Feleppa, died of an AIDS-related illness, aged only 36.
The singer got involved in many well-known fundraising efforts during his lifetime. He sang on the charity song, 'Do They Know It's Christmas Time?', which became the UK Christmas number one. His own single, 'Last Christmas', sat behind it at number two, and Michael donated the royalties from the song to the Ethiopia famine cause too.
The proceeds from his 1991 single, 'Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me', were also divided among 10 different charities and in 2003 he and Ronan Keating won £32,000 for charity on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?.
However, since his death, more of his private philanthropy has come to light. He reportedly donated £15,000 to a contestant on Deal Or No Deal to pay for her IVF treatment.
Another woman, with the permission of Michael's family, confirmed in 2017 that he had done the same for her; she gave birth to a girl in 2012.
Michael was found dead in his bed by his partner, Fadi Fawaz. His funeral wasn't held until March 2017, as numerous tests were required to determine the cause of his death.
In the meantime, if we're all just a fraction as generous as Michael is from beyond the grave, then we should all have a bloody lovely Christmas.
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