A HOLLYWOOD actor surprised staff and families at a children’s hospice when he popped in to say hello.

Kiefer Sutherland visited Naomi house and Jacksplace, in Sutton Scotney yesterday, following his show in Bournemouth the previous evening.

The 24 actor entertained children, their families and staff at the hospice after responding to a plea made by the charity on social media for him to visit for a cup of tea and cake.

He played a medley of his songs, with support from his band, before enjoying a well-earned cup of tea and sponge cake, while families explained the vital care available to them at the hospices.

Kiefer stayed at the hospices for more than an hour before rushing back to the Wickham Festival site to deliver a storming set from the main stage.

Keith Wilson, head of marketing at the charity, said: “When we recorded the video message for Kiefer we hoped he might see it, but thought it pretty unlikely. He is about as busy as a man can be at the moment.

“To wake up to a Twitter message from him saying he really wanted to come along was just incredible. He was so very generous with his time, great with the kids and a genuinely lovely man. Needless to say, he is welcome back anytime and we certainly plan to keep in touch.”

Social media posts about the star’s visit have since gone viral across the UK and US.

Naomi House & Jacksplace hospices care for more than 400 children and young adults with life-limiting conditions across the south of England.