X Factor winner Matt Terry surprises cancer survivor busking in Kings Cross station

X Factor winner Matt Terry has surprised inspiring musicians as part of Cancer Research UK's #ActOfUnity.

The reigning X Factor champ may be busy recording his debut album but he managed to take some time out of his busy schedule and surprise aspiring musicians Ace, who survived leukaemia, and his older sister Sky.


Ace, 12, and Sky, 14, are regular buskers in Oxford City Centre and were incredibly excited about performing in London’s Kings Cross station for what they believed was a promotional video for Cancer Research UK.

However the whole thing was a bit of a set up and teenagers were left shocked and then delighted when Matt snuck up beside them and joined in their rendition of Avicii’s number one single, Wake Me Up.

Matt was playing his part in a surprise #ActOfUnity, which is encouraging the nation to wear a Cancer Research UK Unity Band and donate for World Cancer Day on 4 February (this Saturday)

After the performance, Matt treated Ace and Sky to breakfast where he found out more about Ace’s cancer diagnosis and shared some advice on how to crack the music industry.

Axe was sadly diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia aged just three, requiring years of chemotherapy and steroid treatment.


It was during this time he learned to play the guitar and has now set his sights on becoming the next big rock star.

Ace said after singing with Matt: “Today was awesome! Sky and I got to sing some of our favourite songs to hundreds of people and the station was packed. I couldn’t believe my eyes when Matt Terry joined us, his vocals were amazing. I watched him on the X Factor and thought he was great. Being poorly has only made me stronger and even more determined to follow my dreams.”

Matt added: “I’m truly honoured to have been able to surprise Sky, and Ace, supporting World Cancer Day on 4 February. Everyone is touched by cancer in some way and even the smallest Act of Unity can make a big difference.

"Singing with Ace and Sky put the biggest smile on their faces, especially after they’ve been through so much – I loved being able to surprise them. They are very talented too - definitely ones to watch!”


Every Act of Unity makes a difference in someone's fight against cancer, which is why Cancer Research UK is asking everyone to unite in one incredible Act of Unity on 4 February, World Cancer Day. Together we can show our support, raising funds which will accelerate progress in the fight against cancer.

As a symbol of strength and unity, the charity is urging supporters to donate or wear a specially designed Unity Band, with all proceeds helping pioneer research into all 200 types of cancers, and fund over 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses in the UK. Bands are available online or in Cancer Research UK shops across the country – to get yours go to

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