Following a surprise visit from Simon Cowell to the Demelza Kent in early November this year, Hallie from Herne Bay was given the opportunity to dream of becoming a pop star when she was asked to sing on this year’s X Factor charity single.
Simon, who is a Patron of Together for Short Lives, came to the hospice in Sittingbourne and spent the afternoon chatting with children, siblings and families and posing for photos and selfies. Hallie, who has osteopetrosis, a rare and life-limiting genetic condition that can result in bone fractures, restricted height, frequent infections, sight loss and hearing impairment, treated Simon to an impromptu performance of “A Million Dreams” from the Greatest Showman. Simon was so impressed that he asked her to sing on the cover version of Snow Patrol’s “Run”, this year’s X Factor charity single.
Hallie was whisked up to the X Factor studios where she recorded the song and then the family, including mum Megan, dad Ian and big brother Logan attended the final on Saturday night, meeting the judges and celebrity finalists, including Max and Harvey, Jenny Ryan, and eventual winner, Megan McKenna.
Ian and Megan, Hallie’s mum and dad said “we had a fantastic afternoon with Simon at the hospice in November and for Hallie to be asked to be a part of this year’s X Factor is a dream come true for her. We can’t thank Simon and his team enough and were made to feel so special. Times like this can never be underestimated and it’s a day we will never forget!”
Ryan Campbell, previous Chief Executive at Demelza Hospice Care for Children, said “a huge thank you to Simon for not only taking the time out of his busy schedule to spend his afternoon at Demelza, talking to our children, families, siblings and staff but for also giving Hallie the opportunity to fulfill her lifelong ambition and make precious memories with her family”.
Hear Hallie sing with all 13 of the X Factor Celebrity finalists by watching the video for 'Run'. Proceeds from the sale of the charity single will benefit Together for Short Lives and children's hospices supported by the organisation.