A brave ten-year-old Norfolk girl, who is dependant on dialysis delivered by specialist nurses at the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices’ Quidenham centre, took centre stage during ITV’s Sundy night edition of the X-Factor.
Little Kaychanel Willson, from Norwich, appeared in a film shown during the live semi-final results show which gave information on the charity Together for Short Lives, an organisation which represents UK children’s hospices including EACH. The profits from the sales of every CD single and download of this year’s X-Factor winner’s single is to go to the organisation and to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.
Sadly, Kaychanel was too unwell to be in the studio for Sunday’s show.
Instead, the film aired was recorded at her Norwich home and at the Quidenham hospice, showing how the money raised will benefit life-threatened children, young people and their families. The film showed interviews with Kaychanel and her mum, Louise, about the difference EACH makes to their lives, as well as footage of Kaychanel receiving dialysis.
EACH is the only children’s hospice in the UK to offer dialysis outside of a hospital setting and saves Kaychanel having to travel to Great Ormond Street Hospital in London four times a week for the treatment.
Kaychanel has Vacterl Sequence which affects renal function. Kidney transplant surgery was aimed at improving her health, but she contracted septicaemia and despite attempts to save the organ, it had to be removed. Kaychanel also has tracheostomy to help her breathe, and has received care from EACH since she was two years old.
Simon Cowell said: “I have been lucky enough to see first-hand the great work that both of these charities do and I am thrilled that we can do something to help by donating the sales of The X Factor winner’s single to them both.”
The two X-Factor finalists will perform the single live during the X-Factor’s final at Wembley Arena, with the song available to download once the winner is crowned on December 15.”