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David Walliams brings a smile to faces of seriously-ill youngsters

The children's author read from his books at Shooting Star House, before judging an impromptu version of Britain's Got Talent at the children's hospice

David Walliams at Shooting Star House in Hampton(Image: Shooting Star Chase)

David Walliams morphed into Gangsta Granny to bring a smile to the faces of seriously-ill youngsters.

The comedian and award-winning author visited Shooting Star House in Hampton on Thursday, February 18.

He met families and got into character as he read from his best-selling children's books Gangsta Granny and Grandpa's Great Escape, before giving away signed books and DVDs to delighted youngsters at the hospice.

The Little Britain star then turned into a judge, joining four-year-old Chloe to rate the musical talents of hospice staff in an impromptu version of Britain's Got Talent .

"It was a lovely visit. The hospice is an inspiring place and it was a pleasure to meet the families and read to them," said the star.

'The hospice is an inspiring place and it was a pleasure to meet the families'

"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."

Shooting Star House is one of two children's hospices run by the charity Shooting Star Chase, which cares for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions and their families across London and Surrey.

Starstruck nine-year-old Dominic, who attends 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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