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BGT's Colin Thackery will spend £250k prize on veterans and his grandkids

The Chelsea Pensioner met Holly and Phil

Britain's Got Talent winner Colin Thackery has appeared on This Morning and told hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield that he plans to help fellow war veterans with his prize money.

The 89-year-old Chelsea Pensioner won £250,000 after scooping the 2019 BGT crown last night.

As Ent Daily reported, Colin was named as the favourite to win the show after he performed Dame Vera Lynn's We'll Meet Again in the semi-finals, during which he paid tribute to his wife Joan, who died in 2016 following a battle with breast cancer.

Colin met Holly and Phil on This Morning (Credit: ITV)

Now the kind-hearted man of the moment has revealed just what he is planning on doing with his bumper win.

Colin, who served in the British military for 25 years, is one of 300 veterans living at London's Royal Hospital Chelsea. And now, he says, he is keen to help the charity.

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We’re a charity and we’ve got a new centre we want to build. I’d love to think I set the whole thing off

Asked what he's like to do with the money, Colin told Phil: "Well, first of all, the hospital. We’re a charity and we’ve got a new centre we’re wanting to build."

He added: "I’d love to think I set the whole thing off."

Colin was 'astonished' to win the ITV talent show (Credit: ITV)

The Britain's Got Talent winner – who sang Michael Ball's Love Changes Everything in the final – also revealed that he would like to help his four grandchildren lay the foundations for their future.

He said: "I’ve got family. Grandchildren wanting to get on the property ladder and that sort of thing."

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Opening up about how it felt to be crowned the winner of Simon Cowell's ITV talent show, Colin revealed he was "astonished" when the show's hosts Ant and Dec announced his name.

He admitted: "My ambition was to be on the telly once, dressed like this. But it’s gone on and on."

Colin's performance of Love Changes Everything won the viewer vote (Credit: ITV)

Colin will also sing at the Royal Variety Performance. He earlier revealed that, if he won the show and got to perform in front of the Queen, he could "die happy".

He added: "I have served her for 25 years, to sing in front of her would be a dream come true."

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