Simon Cowell may be dubbed TV's Mr Nasty but he showed his nice side as he lit up the lives of a group of youngsters on a visit to a children's hospice.
The X Factor supremo made the visit not only to thrill the young people but to raise awareness of the work of Children's Hospices UK for which he is a patron.
Simon spent time chatting to many of the sick children at Richard House Children's Hospice in Newham, London, who are not expected to reach adulthood.
During the visit, the music and media boss was quizzed by the youngsters and teens about his showbiz lifestyle.
He headed along in advance of Children's Hospice Week which takes place from May 14 to 21.
He said: "Whenever I visit a children's hospice it is clear to see that they are incredible places that offer a lifeline to the families that use them. As patron of Children's Hospices UK, I'm calling on you to be a hero and fund-raise for Children's Hospice Week."
Barbara Gelb, chief executive of Children's Hospices UK, said: "We are thrilled to have Simon supporting Children's Hospice Week. Visits to children's hospices such as Richard House make such a difference to children and families.
"Simon's ongoing support helps us to increase awareness of the much needed, unique services that children's hospices provide to children and young people who are not expected to reach adulthood and their families."