Ozzy Osbourne visited young patients at the Birmingham Children’s Hospital, one of the U.K.’s top hospitals for children with cancer.
The Black Sabbath singer, 67, recalled how his own son had received treatment at the children’s hospital years ago.
“My son Louis was in Birmingham Children’s Hospital for quite a while as a child and the staff took such good care of him, something which I will always remember.”
After arriving, Ozzy posed for pictures and made a few statements in support of the children and their families. While posing with enlarged promotional frames to showcase the hospital’s cause, the rocker joked and made staff laugh about taking pictures inside the frames with guests.
“I’ve been framed!”
The hospital shared Ozzy Osbourne’s visit with the patients of Birmingham Children’s Hospital in a fun Vimeo video.
Promoting their treatment and services on Twitter with the hashtags #StarAppeal and #teamBCH, the Birmingham Children’s Hospital treats over 9,000 children with rare diseases and cancers each year. Besides the fundraising Star Appeal charity, it organizes a team to participate in a fundraising half marathon, too.
— Bham Children's Hosp (@Bham_Childrens) May 27, 2016
We look after over 9,000 children with rare diseases every year. Please text STAR to 70800 to give £5 to our #StarAppeal (terms apply)
— Bham Children's Hosp (@Bham_Childrens) May 29, 2016
Sunday Mirror reports that the legendary singer also matched funds through the hospital’s Star Appeal charity program, which will help build the Rare Disease Center. The Star Appeal program will help the hospital have one location to fully assess, diagnose, treat, research, and provide information and support to patients and their families.
The Prince of Darkness shed some light on the subject of childhood diseases and available treatment in the U.K.
“They do amazing work for kids and I’m really pleased to drop in and once again show my support for the Star Appeal – it’ll be a national centre that will help families not only in my hometown, but also across the country.”
Star Appeal is seeking to raise £3.65 million in an effort to make the new Rare Disease Centre the first of its kind in the UK. This will offer patients and their families more readily available services and ongoing services post-treatment.
Osbourne took pictures with patients and appeared in good spirits while meeting families and fans. Hospital staff also posed with the singer, and he entertained several conversations with those at the fundraising event for Star Appeal.
— Birmingham Updates (@BhamUpdates) May 26, 2016
In recent weeks, Osbourne has been making headlines due to his split from his wife and X-Factor judge, Sharon Osbourne, after 33 years of marriage. The Inquisitr reported that the celebrity couple was divorcing amid cheating allegations and that the singer had moved out of the family’s Beverly Hills home until further notice.
Private matters aside, Ozzy was all smiles for the children, posing with an especially adorable 2-year-old patient, Adam Kintu, and his mom, Jalia.
Kintu, from Coventry, suffers from a rare strand of cancer, neuroblastoma. Earlier this year, the young child underwent an operation to remove tumors from his stomach. He now undergoes dialysis and radiotherapy for the damage his kidneys sustained during surgery.
The rock legend stays relevant with today’s music fans by giving back to causes, like children’s cancer, and through his reality star status. Earlier in the week, Osbourne’s hometown named a tram after him.
Billboard reports that Ozzy attended Thursday’s tram launch, honoring the front man of the iconic heavy metal band, Black Sabbath, which churned out classic hits, like “Crazy Train.”
Ozzy referred to the tram as “clean form of transport” and was happy to be a part of the hometown celebration.
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