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Westlife's Kian lends his voice to help little Nicholas

WESTLIFE star Kian Egan has thrown his weight behind a campaign to help a little boy who spent the first year of his life in Crumlin Children's Hospital.

Little Nicholas Power, now 18 months, needs 24-hour care at home as he suffers from 12 different heart conditions.

Voice Of Ireland judge Kian helped launch Happy Faces Day so that the Power family and others like them can get a few hours break every week.

And the Westlife singer admitted that becoming a father himself had made him realise "just how lucky most of us are".

His wife Jodie gave birth to their son Koa at Christmas.

Kian was speaking close to his home in Strandhill, Co Sligo, were he helped to launch Happy Faces Day for the Jack And Jill Foundation.

Money from the campaign helps families pay for specialist respite nurses.

"I am just delighted that I can help because what these people do is just marvellous," he said.

"There is so little help for what these families go through. Most of us take so much for granted, like shopping, taking the children to the park and things we see as ordinary every day things.

"But the families of these children don't have so much time to do that. All their hours are taken up with dedicated care. The Jack And Jill Foundation does so much to help give them time."

To help Jack And Jill raise funds, the Irish Professional Photographers Association are providing services free for Happy Faces Day, a service supported by Kian. Photographers will charge €25 for portraits with the funds going to Jack And Jill to be spent on respite care.