Blind musician Jordan (21) crowned winner of Burnley's Got Talent as charity fund hits £12,000 mark
A young musician, who was born blind, won the hearts of thousands of people to be crowned the winner of Burnley's Got Talent.
Jordan Livesey, who is 21, stole the title with a magnificent 3,300 votes after he performed his own version of the Robert Miles song Children on his keyboard.
And the first thing Jordan did was to donate half his £200 prize money back into the charity pot which today stands at an incredible £12,000 for the East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust.
Competition organiser Shelly Heap said: "This young man melted the hearts of thounsands of people with his amazing story.
"What an incredible journey this has been for Jordan. I think we can see from the response that he deserved to win."
Jordan, who is also on the autistic spectrum, has not been able to stop smiling since he was announced as the winner live on the group's facebook page last night.
His proud mum Emma said: "Jordan still can't believe that people voted the way they did and all the comments of support that are still coming in."
As part of his prize, Jordan, who attends Blackburn College one day a week, will have the chance to perform on stage at Burnley Live in 2021.
The runners up were Lacey Byker and Hannah McGrail who will be invited to perform at the Survived Lockdown Festival 2020 hosted by Brierfield Working Men's Club in November.
Shelly, who organised the competition with her best pal, Justine Lorriman who is landlady at the Royal Dyche pub in Burnley, added:"Well done to all our contestants who have all been amazing and an absolute joy to watch.
"What an amazing thing we have done to raise such a fantastic amount."
Both Shelly, who is bar manager at Lowerhouse Cricket Club, and Justine donated the prize money along with DJs Kev Riley and Gaz Ali and local businessman Liam Kilbride.
Shelly and Justine came up with the idea as their annual Good Friday sponsored walk and pub crawl was cancelled due to the pandemic.
Keen to raise at least £1,000 and provide some fun and entertainment during lockdown they came up with the idea of a talent show.
From the original 64 contestants who entered there were 10 finalists who performed by uploading videos of their acts to the Burnley's Got Talent facebook group. 'Likes' were then counted as votes and viewers were also asked to make a donation at the same time.
Kev and Gaz played live sets to provide entertainment along with a host of other DJs and singers througbout the competition which was also backed by a host of celebrites, including Jay Rodriguez and Burnley cricketing legend James Anderson.