The British musician George Michael passed away on December 25th, 2016, having somewhat ironically celebrated his last Christmas (the title of his world famous hit single). It was only after his death that we learned he had spent millions helping orphans, the homeless, the sick, and strangers who had simply experienced misfortune.
We at Loopfy have put together a selection of stories about George Michael’s incredible generosity. They all come from those who knew the singer personally or bore witness to his kind actions.
A woman who appeared on the TV show Deal Or No Deal told us she needed £15k for IVF treatment. George Michael secretly phoned the next day and gave her the £15k.
George Michael worked anonymously at a homeless shelter I was volunteering at. I’ve never told anyone; he asked we didn’t. That’s who he was.
A lady from a children’s charity once told me they were only still afloat because of George Michael.
Every Easter at Capital Radio, when I was on air with Chris Tarrant for “Help a London Child,” George would call in at 3:30pm with a £100,000 donation.
He gave a stranger in a cafe £25k as she was crying over debt. Told the waitress to give her the check after he left.
George Michael once gave a free concert for NHS nurses as a thank you for looking after his late mother.
His donations contributed to a vision of a world where people living with HIV live healthy lives free from prejudice and discrimination.
I wrote ages ago about a celeb I’d worked with tipping a barmaid £5k because she was a student nurse in debt. It was George Michael.
George Michael was also the only star on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire who, when gambling all the charity’s cash, said, “If I lose it, I’ll just pay it.”
Michael gave the royalties from his 1996 number one single Jesus to a Child to charity. He gave millions that helped save hundreds of thousands of children. For years, he was the most extraordinarily generous philanthropist, giving money to Childline, but he was determined not to make his generosity public, so no one outside the charity knew how much he gave to the nation’s most vulnerable children.