A SINGER’S visit to a children’s hospice was dashed as the coronavirus crisis put a sudden stop to his plans.

But Peter Andre did not let this stop him from dropping in to speak to children at Chestnut Tree House near Angmering.

The Mysterious Girl hit-maker became a patron of the Sussex charity as well as Together For Short Lives, the UK charity for seriously ill children and children’s hospices, in January last year.

On the video call, he caught up with two children who have

benefited from its services – Izzy and Loui.

The trio enjoyed the reunion, with Peter having met the pair during previous visits to the hospice.

He said: “I’m really blown away by the work of Chestnut Tree House and Together For Short Lives, and am proud to be a patron of both charities.

“Children’s hospices are such special, vital places, but I think a lot of people don’t really understand what they are or the many different

ways they support children and families.

“It was lovely to catch up with Izzy and Loui to see how they’re getting on, and hopefully I’ll be able to visit Chestnut Tree House again soon.”

Chestnut Tree House provides hospice care services and support to children young people with progressive life-shortening conditions.

A spokeswoman for the charity said: “From the first time Peter Andre visited the hospice, he instantly understood what we’re all about.

“He shows genuine interest in the work we do and the families we care for, and always makes sure he spends time with everyone.

“We are incredibly grateful for Peter’s support as our patron, and hope that it helps more people to see what wonderful and vital places children’s hospices like Chestnut Tree House are.

“Peter is passionate about making a difference, and visits like this – even if it had to be virtual this time – help create special memories for our children and families, which is something you can’t put a price on.”

The Australian singer recorded a video message for all the children and families supported by children’s hospices across the UK.

He also thanked the care teams working at these sites for “the amazing work they do supporting families”.