George Michael fans set for charity walk and Highgate gathering to mark late-icon's birthday
PUBLISHED: 17:57 21 June 2018 | UPDATED: 09:05 22 June 2018
George Michael superfans are preparing to celebrate his life at two events on Sunday, ahead of what would have been the pop icon's 55th birthday.
They had been set to descend on the memorial garden in Highgate outside the singer’s former home The Grove.
However it was dismantled at the end of May, after a request from his family.
George would have turned 55 on Monday.
Yet the devotees haven’t been deterred. Around 60 have donated money to charity in order to take part in a Round Here walk which will take in significant places in George’s life.
They will then assemble with other fans of the pop icon in Pond Square at 5pm, where they will celebrate his life.
Organiser Heidi Feichtinger said: “We’ve organised a charity walk, which was going to happen before the garden was removed.
“However we’re also now going to meet up in Pond Square afterwards, where we will create our circle of freedom, faith and love.
“The Round Here idea comes from one of George’s songs, where he talks about London and where he grew up, and we thought the name was appropriate.”
The walk will start where George was born in East Finchley. It will take in other locations including Air Studios in Hampstead, before finishing at Wembley Stadium.
Highgate United Reformed Church will be open until 7pm later that afternoon, where fans can light a candle and remember George’s life.
Heidi has joined George’s family’s call for donations to be made to the Rainbow Children’s Charity, and MacMillan Cancer Research in his memory rather than buying flowers or tributes.
They have raised more than £30,000 for them since he died on Christmas Day 2016.
“It’s what he would’ve wanted, and makes sense. We’d rather people donate to charity, and it can have some real impact,” said Heidi.
As the event will mark George’s second birthday since his death, she believes fans will continue to meet up in years to come.
“I suspect that come every major anniversary, like Christmas and birthdays fans are always going to want to have a get together.
“Even as the years go by, people will want that sense of belonging.”