A EuroMillions-winning couple has teamed up with The X-Factor’s LMA Choir to surprise a 104-year-old war veteran with a luxury Christmas hamper and a selection of carols.
Nigel and Sharon Mather won £12.4 million on the Lottery in 2010 and teamed up with various charities and organisations in oreder to use their winnings to help worthy causes.
The couple surprised centenarian Tom Beevers, who joined the army in 1939 and served in the Second World War, at his home in Maghull.
The Bootle-born great-great-grandfather said: “It’s a good feeling to have, to think that people think so much of you to come. I can’t put words to it.”
Mr Beevers was presented with the hamper of treats and entertained by the LMA Choir, who sang hisfavourite carol, Silent Night.
Sharon Mather said: "I feel quite honoured that we have been asked to come and meet Tom today. I have never met anybody over 100 before, and he is a veteran."
Nigel Mather added: "He was obviously overwhelmed and really pleased, and he said thank you to everyone. "
Mr Beevers was joined on the doorstep by daughter Lynn and granddaughter Alison.
Lynn said Silent Night was his favourite carol because he would sing it during the war, and he used to know the words in German.
Alison said: "There were tears in my eyes when they sang it."
Mr and Mrs Mather, from Bowdon, Greater Manchester, visited Mr Beevers’ as part of their work to support the Everton in the Community charity, which has a Veterans’ Hub for current and former service personnel.
He is one of 14 veterans from Merseyside who have been given hampers from National Lottery winners this year.