Staff at Naomi house & Jacksplace were shocked to receive a visit from 24, Stand By Me and Designated Survivor star, Kiefer Sutherland last week.
The Hollywood legend was fresh from a performance in Bournemouth and due to play at Wickham Festival, but found enough time to visit the children, young adults, families, nurses and carers at the Winchester based hospices.
He was responding to a plea the charity made on social media, asking Mr. Sutherland to pay them a visit for “some tea, cake and a jam”. And that’s precisely what he did; playing a whole medley of his songs with the support of his band, then enjoying a well-earned cup of tea and some sponge cake while families explained the vital care available to them at the hospices, and staff detailed their complex nursing and care service.
Kiefer stayed at the hospices for more than an hour before rushing back to the Wickham Festival site to deliver a storming set from the main stage.
Keith Wilson, Head of Marketing at the charity, said:
‘When we recorded the video message for Kiefer we hoped he might see it, but thought it pretty unlikely. He is about as busy as a man can be at the moment. To wake up to a Twitter message from him saying he really wanted to come along was just incredible. He was so very generous with his time, great with the kids and a genuinely lovely man. Needless to say, he is welcome back anytime and we certainly plan to keep in touch.’
Social media posts about the star’s visit have since gone viral across the UK and US.
Naomi House & Jacksplace hospices care for more than 400 children and young adults with life-limiting conditions across the south of England.