Viewers tuning into Britain’s Got Talent were left teary-eyed at one performance.
When Harry Gardner took to the stage no-one could have imagined the emotions he would provoke from both judges and attendees alike.
The 16-year-old student from Essex introduced his original song Not Alone with a story about his grandma Maureen’s struggles with Alzheimer’s disease.
In a follow-up Facebook post, Harry then explained that his beloved grandmother had passed away earlier in the week, days before his audition was due to air.
“So sad to say my nan, one of the most influential people in my life, has passed away,” he wrote. “Thank you to everyone who has supported my song ‘Not Alone’ which was written about her and is continuing to help raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s Research UK. Goodnight nan x”
Prior to Maureen’s passing, Harry was using his heartfelt song to raise money for not only other charities but his own, which has so far raised over £8,000.
Harry has been singing and writing songs and playing the piano since he was eight years old.
Former Prime Minister David Cameron had once awarded him with a ‘Point of Light’ award, given to “inspirational volunteers” and those who make a change in their community. An honor few of us can boast of.
At the time, Cameron said of the talented young lad: “Harry’s song ‘Not Alone’ is a wonderful tribute to his grandmother, Maureen. It has helped to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease among the hundreds of thousands of people who have viewed it.
“The money Harry has raised through this single will also help the important work of Alzheimer’s Research UK in fighting this devastating disease. I am delighted to recognise Harry as the UK’s 510th Point of Light.”
Harry told the Daily Mirror: “It’s really sad my nan won’t be able to see me perform on the TV.
“Her death was so unexpected. It’s just really difficult for the family.
“I’m sad that she couldn’t understand that I was going on telly, but I’m sure, I hope, she would be proud.”
He intends to perform the song at his nan’s funeral later this month.
“To be honest that’s going to be the most difficult performance for me, because that’s when the song is going to mean so much,” he said. “I’m more nervous about that.”
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