David Walliams turned into Gangsta Granny to put a smile on the faces of families when he visited Shooting Star Chase’s Hampton hospice on Thursday (18 February).

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The star took a break from his busy schedule to drop in at Shooting Star House and spent time chatting with families and got into character to read extracts from his bestselling children’s book Gangsta Granny and latest release Grandpa’s Great Escape. He then gave dozens of signed books and DVDs to families at the hospice.

David Walliams at Shooting Star Chase

He later joined 4-year-old Chloe as a judge for an impromptu version of Britain’s Got Talent, and was gracious in his feedback as hospice staff showed off a range of dubious musical and singing talents.

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David said: “It was a lovely visit. The hospice is an inspiring place and it was a pleasure to meet the families and read to them. The staff’s audition was interesting. I think it’s fair to say the sound was unexpected. If the band have aspirations of getting through to the semi-finals they may have to consider dropping a few members, mentioning no names… except the organist.”

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Nine-year old Dominic, who uses Shooting Star House for short breaks and hydrotherapy said: “I love his books and my favourite is Billionaire Boy. He signed them all for me. He told me he had an older sister who he used to fight with so he wanted to know if I held my own with my older sister. I do!”

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Dominic’s sister, 11-year old Rowan, who attends siblings activities run by the charity said: “David kept asking me if I was behaving. I told him I was but I don’t think he believed me!”