X Factor star Nicholas McDonald made a return visit to Yorkhill Children’s Hospital in Glasgow last week - and proudly accepted the honour of becoming its ambassador.
More than 50 young patients were treated to an intimate performance by the 17-year-old singer from Motherwell.
He serenaded his awestruck audience with ‘Thousand Years’, ‘I Won’t Give Up’, ‘Just The Way You Are’ and ‘Someone Like You’.
Nicky said: “I couldn’t believe when I was asked to be an ambassador for the Yorkhill Children’s Charity. It’s great to be able to give something back to all the people who helped me.”
The hospital holds a special meaning to the star and his family as he was treated there as a youngster after collapsing while playing football.
While recovering he was diagnosed with Long QT Syndrome, which affects the timing of his heart’s rhythm.
He said: “It went really well today and it was so good to be back at the hospital for another visit.
“The kids were so happy to see me and it’s great to be able to come back again and help make a difference to them.
“Seeing the work that goes on with the doctors and nurses is really inspiring and it’s good to be a little part of that.”
Nicky, who completed recording his debut album last month, has been getting more involved with the hospital and his family have raised more than £5,000 for the charity.
He said: “I’d definitely like to keep coming back, pop my head in the door and see how things are going.
“Everyone is really excited about the album coming out in March and the first single so that’s been keeping me really busy.”
Nicholas is currently appearing with the rest of the stars from the show on the X Factor tour.
This week he performed in Aberdeen and then Sheffield before heading south for the tour’s dates at Wembley Arena on Saturday and Sunday.
The tour ends in Birmingham on Saturday,March 29, by which time Nicholas will have released his debut single Answerphone and album In The Arms Of An Angel.