Simon Cowell has shown there’s more to him than just withering put-downs, as he’s donated £100,000 to help save the life of a cancer-stricken toddler, reports the Daily Mail.
18-month-old Sophie Atay, who’s suffering from a rare form of neuroblastoma, can now afford to fly to the US with her mum for pioneering treatment.
Alexandra Burke, last year’s X Factor winner, broke the good news to Sophie’s mum Karine on the telephone. “Karine didn’t know what I was going to tell her when I called, so when I broke the news, we were both crying. She said she’d been listening to my song Hallelujah on the way to the hospital.”
Sophie needed to urgently see specialist doctors in America after her cancer took an aggressive turn. Her family launched a last-ditch appeal for £500,000 to pay for the treatment, and after her appeal was broadcast last week, people from all over the country donated cash. Yesterday morning, she was still £100,000 short of her target – until Simon stepped in. “I’d told Simon about the situation and that there was not time to waste, so he decided to give Sophie the money in a second,” said Alexandra.
The music mogul, who has no children of his own, also visited children at Great Ormond Street hospital last month. “I actually find kids easier to talk to than adults. They’re funny, they’ve always got opinions, and you can learn a hell of a lot more from them than from grown ups,” he said.