X Factor stars visit South Yorkshire children's hospice

X Factor winner Louisa Johnson and fellow finalists hit the right note with patients, families and staff during a visit to Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice in Rotherham.

They took time out of rehearsals to visit the hospice, which offers care for children with life limiting conditions, before a Sheffield Arena gig last week.

Winner Louisa was joined by Anton Stephans, 4th Impact, Reggie ‘N’ Bollie, Lauren Murray, Che Chesterman, Mason Noise and Seann Miley Moore.

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Josh Fox, aged 18, from Doncaster, who stays at Bluebell Wood for respite care, said: “It’s been amazing. It’s been great to meet them, they are all so nice.”

Josh, who is due to complete a sponsored Wing Walk for the hospice, was presented with some signed items by the X Factor stars.

Julie Barlow, from Barnsley, whose 19-year-old daughter Jodie also visits the hospice for respite care, said: “It can take a lot to come and visit a children’s hospice and I really admire them for coming today - it’s been really exciting. A fabulous experience.”

Joanne and Lee Faulkner, of Doncaster, whose son Aaron, 15, is supported by Bluebell Wood, said: “It’s surreal seeing people who you watch on TV. It’s been really good, we have all enjoyed it so much.”

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X Factor’s Louisa said: “Bluebell Wood is so warming, calming and full of laughter. It’s been fantastic to come and meet families today; we’ve thoroughly enjoyed it.

“It’s clear that Bluebell Wood is a friendly place where families feel at home.”

Claire Rintoul, Chief Executive at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, said: “Being able to welcome the X Factor through our doors again is just such a fantastic opportunity.”