The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Causing a storm at the Leeds Children’s Hospital

10 June 2016

There was a real stir on Ward L52 when Britain’s Got Talent dancing super-group Boogie Storm called by to visit young patient, Matilda Booth.

The group arrived at the Leeds Children’s Hospital, courtesy of celebrity producer and TV talent show judge, Simon Cowell.

Matilda, who was born with spina bifida and hydrocephalus, is a huge fan of Simon’s, and last year went to see a recording of X-Factor where her dream of meeting him came true. Since meeting Matilda, Simon has kept in contact with both her and her mum, Sharon, to see how she’s doing.

A real friendship between Simon and Matilda has grown and since, he has invited her to see the finale of Britain’s Got Talent in early 2016. While there she mentioned to him that she’d like a photograph with Boogie Storm - the group that he recently signed.  

Matilda’s mum, Sharon, explained: “Unfortunately, she didn’t get the chance to take a photo with them at the show, but knowing she wanted one, Simon told me that he would do what he could to arrange a visit.  I got in contact with Boogie Storm and they said they were coming in to visit - I couldn’t believe it!  I feel very grateful for Simon’s kindness, and it made her day to see them!  It was lovely of them to do this for Tilda.”

As well as the talented dancers, since Matilda’s been back in hospital, Simon has also sent her a very special teddy.

The visit by Boogie Storm put a smile on everyone’s face, and after meeting a very happy Matilda, they went to see other children being cared for in the hospital. However, the young patients weren’t the only ones excited about Boogie Storm’s special visit – many members of staff were delighted to see them too.

Ward L52 Play leader, Claire Pickering said: “Myself and other members of staff were so thrilled to see the dancers, that we just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to sneak a cheeky selfie with them as well!

“It was wonderful to welcome Boogie Storm to the ward for this amazing visit. The dance group brought real joy to Matilda on the ward, and all the other kids being cared for in hospital.  We would love to welcome them back some time!”

Boogie Storm