X Factor winner, Louisa Johnson, and her fellow contestants made a very special surprise visit to Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice today (March 11th), where they chatted with children and brightened up their day.
Children and families at Bluebell Wood, in North Anston, enjoyed the visit from the hit ITV show this afternoon. The stars took time out of their current tour, during which they are performing in Sheffield tonight, to meet and chat with the children.
The X Factor contestants who visited the hospice included winner Louisa, Anton Stephans, 4th Impact, Reggie ‘N’ Bollie, Lauren Murray, Che Chesterman, Mason Noise and Seann Miley Moore
Josh Fox, 18, of Doncaster, who stays for respite at Bluebell Wood, said: “It’s been amazing, my favourite is Sean. It’s been great to meet them, they are all so nice.” Josh is soon to take on a sponsored Wing Walk for Bluebell Wood and the contestants signed items for him to take away.
Julie Barlow, of Barnsley, whose 19-year-old daughter Jodie comes to Bluebell Wood for respite, was incredibly grateful for the X Factor contestants for visiting. Jodie’s sister, Sydney Barlow, was also at the visit and was overwhelmed by the experience as she is an aspiring singer.
Julie 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, came along with Matthew, his younger brother. Lee said: “It’s surreal seeing people who you watch on TV. It’s been really good, we have all enjoyed it so much.”
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 and hope they did too.
“Thanks very much for inviting us along today, it’s clear to see that Bluebell Wood is a really friendly place where families feel at home.”
Along with the visit today, the X Factor tour all gave families tickets to tonight’s show at Sheffield Arena.
Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice has a highly specialised care team, offering care and support to children with a shortened life expectancy. The charity needs to raise £4m a year to keep its doors open and cares for over 250 families, both in the hospice and in the community.
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. Our children, young adults and their families always love this unique, exciting opportunity and I can’t thank the artists and the X Factor team enough for their time during their very hectic schedule.”
For more information about Bluebell Wood, visit www.bluebellwood.org