Talented dance group visits sick children

Echo: Members of Diversity visited the children’s wards at Basildon Hospital Members of Diversity visited the children’s wards at Basildon Hospital

THEY wowed Simon Cowell on Britain’s Got Talent, but Diversity spread a little happiness when they popped into Basildon Hospital to meet poorly children.

Six members of the 11-strong street dance group took time out to meet patients on the Wagtail, Puffin and Penguin wards.

Matron Sally Brown said: “The guys were absolute naturals with the kids, spending time chatting to each patient and the families.   “Visits like this can really give patients a boost and to say thank you, we’ll all be supporting Diversity to win Britain’s Got Talent.”

The group is made up of Basildon brothers Ian, Jamie and Matt Mcnaughton, Wickford brothers Ashley and Jordan Banjo, Dagenham brothers Sam and Mitchell Craske, plus their friends Warren Russell from Dagenham, Terry Smith from Rainham, Perri Kiely, from South Ockendon, and Ike Ezekwugo from Leytonstone.

They range in age from 12 to 25. Perri 13, was unable to make the visit, but his group has already got the backing of teacher and fellow pupils at Gable Hall School, Corringham.

Headteacher John King said: “We are delighted Perri has reached the finals of Britain’s Got Talent.

“He definitely deserves to win.”

Diversity were described as “genius” by Simon Cowell and “right up there with the best of the dancers we have seen” by fellow judge Piers Morgan.

The video of their audition on You Tube, showing them performing a range of dance moves, including a slow-motion Chariots of Fire pastiche, has attracted 1,396,619 views.

They also have a page on Facebook with 135,523 fans.

The boys will be back on ITV when they bid for a place in the semi-finals of Britain’s Got Talent when the live rounds start next week.

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