The X Factor 2016 winner, Matt Terry, visited Shooting Star House last week to give sick children and their families a Christmas to remember.

The 23-year-old who was crowned winner of The X Factor 2016, visited our Hampton-based hospice, Shooting Star House, on Wednesday 14 December and joined children with life-limiting conditions and their families at a Christmas party – just a few days after the final.

While at the hospice Matt gifted a giant teddy to the children, joined the hospice in a rendition of Twelve Days of Christmas and went on a tour of the facilities to see how the vital funds from sales of his single will help make Christmas special for families supported by Shooting Star Chase.

Karen Sugarman, Director of Fundraising at Shooting Star Chase, said: “Christmas is an important time for families, especially when your child has a serious illness, so we do all we can to make this time of year extra special. It’s been fantastic to welcome Matt to the hospice over the festive season and we can’t thank him enough for bringing a smile to the faces of the children and families we care for. He has truly given them some memories to treasure.”

Shooting Star Chase is joint beneficiary of The X Factor’s charity single, When Christmas Comes Around, which has been written by Ed Sheeran and is sung by The X Factor winner, Matt Terry. Shooting Star Chase and Together for Short Lives, a children’s hospice umbrella charity, will receive 100% of profits from the sale of each download.

During his visit at Shooting Star House, Matt said: “It has been amazing to spend time at Shooting Star Chase. There is a real positive energy here – the children are all superstars and the staff are incredible. I feel so proud and lucky to be supporting the charity and helping give sick children and their families a Christmas to remember.”

And he even showed his support for our Christmas campaign!