POORLY youngsters proved they were full of the X-Factor themselves - when stars from the hit TV talent show called in at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice to meet excited fans.
Local lad Louis Tomlinson, from Bessacarr, Doncaster, was back on home soil, and joined by bandmates Liam Payne and Niall Horan.
Katie Waissel, Cher Lloyd and Wagner also made the trip to the North Anston retreat, where they were greeted by cheers, whistles and rounds of applause on their arrival ahead of last night’s Sheffield Arena show.
The stars chatted with parents, children and young people who use the hospice - a place which provides care for those with life-limiting illnesses - and signed autographs and posed for countless photographs.
Wagner told The Star he was thrilled to be there.
“What is life without being useful to others?” he said. “If we could please others all the time the world would be a much better place.”
Louis said it was great to be back in South Yorkshire - and a pleasure to visit Bluebell Wood, somewhere he had never been before.
“It’s lovely to be here,” he said. “It’s so nice to be able to come down here and meet the children. It’s quite emotional really. The place itself is amazing, too and it’s great to be back home seeing somewhere like this.”
Katie spent a lot of time chatting to 19-year-old Hayleigh Rothin, who has a rare form of cancer called Ewing’s Sarcoma and has been given just weeks to live. Katie said the visit had been inspirational: “Everyone here is amazing. I made a friend in Hayleigh - it was great to sit and chat to her. It’s such an inspiring place.”
Hayleigh’s mum Toni, from Jump, in Barnsley, said: “She was quite poorly in the night and we weren’t sure if she would be able to make it, but she was determined she was coming.
“Having the diagnosis we have means we really have to make every day count - that’s why events like this are so nice.”
Tony Critchely, from Intake, Doncaster, was there with his four-and-a-half-year-old son Kian, who lives with a rare brain condition called lissencphaly.
He said it was a great occasion for him and everyone who uses the hospice.