James Blunt Tour To Raise Money For Military Charityby Tom Sables
All the proceeds from his new single 'Monsters' will also be given to military charities.
Former British Army officer and singer James Blunt is raising money for a military charity on his latest tour.
Help For Heroes volunteers will be collecting donations from concert-goers at every UK venue on the Once Upon A Mind Tour that kicks off in Birmingham on Friday.
All the proceeds from his new single 'Monsters' are also being split between Help For Heroes and the Royal British Legion.
It was written for his sick father, Major Charles Blunt, who served with the Army Air Corps.
The singer, who served with NATO forces during the Kosovo War in 1999, is a veteran of the Household Cavalry.
"I’ve seen first-hand how difficult life can be for veterans transitioning from the Armed Forces into Civvy Street," Mr Blunt said.
"It can be especially hard if they’ve been medically discharged and need to cope with health issues on top of finding a new career."
Mr Blunt will perform nine concerts in the UK as part of the tour.
David Martin, head of supporter fundraising at Help for Heroes, said: "Across the UK there have been almost 40,000 people whose military career has ended in the past 20 years because of physical or mental injury, and every day this number grows.
"James’ fantastic generosity will help us ensure that we can be there to support them, whenever they need us.”
The 'Goodbye My Lover' singer will also play over 60 concerts across Europe, Australia and New Zealand as part of the tour.
Cover Image: James Blunt at Help for Heroes concert in 2010 (Picture: Help for Heroes).