BRAVE teenager Timothy Haywood had a day to remember when he met stars of this year’s X-Factor.
The 13-year-old from Todwick, who suffers with the life-limiting condition mitochondrial disease, spent the day behind the scenes at the show’s London studios with mum Alison, dad Mark, brothers Christopher (17) and Theodore (11 months) and sister Amelia (3).
Timothy (left) and Christopher pictured with X Factor finalist Kevin Davy White
The surprise treat was arranged by the Lily Foundation, a charity supporting children and families affected by the disease, which affects movement and muscle development.
Timothy and his family enjoyed VIP access during a soundcheck day and met judges Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh and Nicole Scherzinger, host Dermot O’Leary and contestants including Kevin Davy White and Rak-Su.
Timothy, Christopher and Amedlia pictured the Louis Walsh
Mum Alison said: “It was such an incredible day out.
“We only found out about it two days beforehand, and we didn’t tell the kids so it would be a surprise. Of course they were blown away when they found out.
Timothy (pictured front), with contestant Matt Linnen (left), Amelia, mum Alison and brother Christopher
“Timothy is really interested in film production, so he really enjoyed being behind the scenes and seeing how the show is put together.
“Simon and Louis were really kind and took time out from their work to chat with us and show us around, it felt very personal.”
The family was shown around the studios by Simon Cowell and posed for pictures with the judges and competitors.
Timothy (pictured centre) and Christopher (right) with X Factor finalists Rak-Su
“I can’t thank The Lily Foundation enough for everything they have done for us,” Alison said.
“It was a really memorable day for Timothy and all the family — I don’t think we’ll ever forget it.”
Visit www.thelilyfoundation.org.uk for more information.
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