Saturday 16 December 2017

Holiday giveaway teacher hailed

Tom Frankenburg, centre, arrives at Malta Airport (Times of Malta/PA)
Tom Frankenburg, centre, arrives at Malta Airport (Times of Malta/PA)

A 22-year-old music teacher who decided to give a £1,000 holiday away for free after he broke up with his girlfriend has arrived in Malta to a five-star welcome.

Tom Frankenburg, from Nottingham, received nearly 113,000 hits from around the world and 2,000 emails after he posted a personal video on YouTube inviting people to explain why they should be given the chance to go on the trip to Malta.

After considering the thousands of entries, he finally decided to give the trip away to a couple known only as Dawn and Stuart.

They applied for the holiday after Stuart spent three months in hospital following an attack near his home last Easter in which he suffered severe head injuries.

Dawn, sporting red hair, a black t-shirt and leopard-print leggings, said in an online video: "It was an incredibly awful time you know. You're sat at the bedside not knowing what the future is going to hold."

To his surprise, Mr Frankenburg did not have to miss out on the trip after all when This is Malta TV and the Malta Tourism Authority invited him and a friend to enjoy an all-expenses-paid holiday to the island.

Mr Frankenburg, who became a viral video sensation around the world, was greeted at the airport by models in traditional Maltese Ghonnella costumes.

As a guest of the island, he will receive VIP treatment during his stay in recognition of his act of kindness in giving his holiday away to a deserving couple, the Maltese authorities said.

Along with his friend Lee, he will be shown the sights of the island and will attend the MTV Music Awards, where they will get to meet and Nelly Furtado.

Press Association

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