George Michael’s incredible secret gifts – and the babies he helped to be born – Mirror Online

George Michael left his fans with an amazing gift - his incredible back catalogue of hit songs.

The former Wham! star was one of the biggest stars in the world and music fans across the glove were left devastated when he tragically passed away on Christmas Day, 2016.

But his music was the only incredible legacy left behind by the Careless Whisper singer - he had a secret that only his close friends and family were aware of.

George's talent and voice earned him many millions of pounds during his career but he was happy to give away huge chunks of his wealth to help good causes.

No charity or person in needs was beneath to award-winning artist and he helped anyone from debt-ridden strangers to heartbroken women desperate to be mothers.

George's generosity knew no bounds - but it all remained a secret until his tragic death more than three years ago.

Fans were overwhelmed with just how much the singer had done to help people he didn't know and struggling charities.

From single-handedly keeping charities afloat to paying for hundreds of disabled kids to go to Lapland, here's how George changed so many people's lives.

When it emerged that George had been making huge - and totally secret donations to the children's helpline its founder Dame Esther Rantzen described him as the "the most extraordinarily generous philanthropist."

She said: "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.

"Over the years he gave us millions and we were planning next year, as part of our 30th anniversary celebrations to create, we hoped, a big concert in tribute to him - to his artistry, to his wonderful musicality but also to thank him for the 100s of 1,000s of children he helped through supporting Childline."

Two women had spent years trying to conceive children of their own but were left heartbroken - until George stepped in.

For 13 years Lynette Gillard went through eight rounds of IVF and still didn't have the baby she desperately wanted to hold.

In a desperate bid to win cash for more treatment she competed on Deal Or No Deal in 2008 - and George just happened to be watching.

After listening to her plight, he tracked her down through Channel 4 bosses and anonymously donated 9,000.

She used it for another round of IVF, which sadly failed, but was also able to pay for tests for a condition that was stopping her staying pregnant.

In a twist of fate, Lynette found out she was on pregnant on the day George was found dead - Christmas Day 2016.

Seth Logan George Hart was born the following September and Lynette, then 38, said she felt George with her every step of the way.

She told The Sun: His songs were playing on the radio when we went for our first scan and when I was in labour.

The first time I held my little boy I said thank you to George. His hit Jesus to a Child was playing and it felt surreal.

"I hope hes looking down smiling, knowing I have what Ive always longed for. He believed in me and gave me hope to keep trying even when I felt it was useless."

It was another chance TV appearance that prompted George to help a second woman have the baby she had longed for years for.

Jo Maidment appeared on This Morning to talk about being denied IVF on the NHS in 2010, and again George was watching.

He was so moved by her story that he anonymously donated 15,000 for Jo's IVF and when it tragically ended in miscarriage, he sent flowers.

But Jo still had frozen eggs from the cycle and was able to use one for a second round which resulted in the birth of daughter Betsy, now six.

She said: I cant ever thank him enough for what he has done for me and my husband.

It was while watching another episode of Deal Or No Deal that George learned about the work of African charity, that helps people suffering from HIV and AIDS.

The singer had lost his first love, Anselmo Feleppa to AIDS in the 1990s and it was a cause close to his heart.

Following his death, The Reverend Mary Austin, Trustee of the Friends Of Omwabini in the UK, told The Guardian that George had given the charity 99,000.

She said: Since the death of George Michael, much has been revealed about his generosity, such as the woman on the TV show Deal Or No Deal who received money for IVF treatment from him.

What hasnt been said it that after another contestant on the show mentioned that he was raising money for a project in West Kenya, Michael got in touch and made a donation of 99,000 to this small organisation working with victims of HIV/Aids, called Omwabini, which means rescue.

Since his generous gift, the charity managed to expand massively and has helped 500 children whod been orphaned by the disease.

She added: George Michaels large donation in 2009 made a huge difference to the project. It is a delight to be able to share with others his great generosity."

After hearing a woman upset and telling a friend about her spiralling debts, George handed over 25,000.

However, he didn't want praise for his generous actions and instead handed the waitress a cheque, which he asked to be given to the woman after he left.

George Michael anonymously volunteered at a homeless shelter but had asked other volunteers to keep it a secret.

One woman tweeted to say she had once spoken to someone from a charity who said they were "only afloat" because of George Michael.

The whole country is now indebted to the NHS and its frontline heroes - but supporting the health service had always been a cause close to George's heart.

In 2006, George held a special free concert for NHS nurses to attend in north London.

He announced he would be hosting the event as a special thank you to the nurses who had cared for his late mother Lesley during her battle with breast cancer.

Susan Steadman said: "He made all of us feel special. People do say thank you, but for George to say it publicly feels good."

Ranjani Kendrick added: "I had the time of my life. It was such a vibrant atmosphere. I thank George Michael for making us feel appreciated.

"We all were so touched by the comments he made. I am glad the work we do has not gone unnoticed."

Writer Sali Hughes revealed that a superstar had helped keep her afloat when she was studying to become a nurse.

And the generous gift giver who tipped her 5,000 while she was working as a barmaid was none other than George Michael.

George Michael donated all the royalties from his 1996 number one single Jesus To a Child to charity.

The kind-hearted legend also donated the royalties from Last Christmas/Everything She Wants to Ethiopian famine relief.

Proceeds from Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me went to Aids hospice London Lighthouse and the Rainbow Trust children's charity.

There is nothing more special than watching children's excited faces in the run up to Christmas.

And George Michael made one Christmas incredibly special for a lucky group of kids.

Sue Clark, from West Boldon, Sunderland, revealed how George once secretly flew her nephew Ricky and hundreds of other children to Lapland.

"It was just before Christmas, and I was watching This Morning with Richard and Judy," she told The Mirror at the time.

"It was almost as if she let it slip, but Judy explained how they had been in a restaurant and George Michael went over to them.

"He said he'd like to charter a plane for disabled children to go to Lapland. He didn't want anyone to know it was him or any publicity."

However, Judy refused to let him remain anonymous and on the show appealed for anyone who knew a child that could benefit to come forward.

Sue's nephew Ricky, who she describes as "the apple of my eye" was eight at the time, and had been born with Down's syndrome.

"I sent a letter off to This Morning asking for Ricky and a family member to be considered for the trip," she said.

"Next thing I know we'd been allocated tickets for the full family of six."

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