STARS from iconic '80s TV series Fame visited Claire House today ahead of a special show for the hospice.

They met some of the children and families that Claire House supports during this morning's trip, ahead of The Fame UK reunion at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool.

Featuring a performance on Sunday evening (which has now sold out) and a matinee on Monday, the show features songs from the hit American series, along with new and original material.

Original cast members taking part are Erica Gimpel, who played Coco, Valerie Landsburg (Doris), Lee Curreri (Bruno), Carlo Imperato (Danny), P.R. Paul (Montgomery), Cynthia Gibb (Holly), Nia Peeples (Nicole) and Jesse Borrego (Jesse).

It is the first time in 35 years the series' cast has performed together on a UK stage.

Families and staff were also treated to an acoustic version of the Kids from Fame classic 'Star Maker'.

Paying tribute to the hospice staff Carlo Imperato, who played Danny in the series, said: "Wow, how do you even put this into words ... a magical place.

"It brings two feelings into play, of course sadness, but also a feeling of an epiphany.

"The staff are providing relief to children and families who have incredibly difficult lives, they are helping to make those lives easier".

Cora Shafto, the hospice's community fundraiser, said: "Claire House is so honoured to be chosen as the charity for the Fame UK Reunion.

"The visit to the hospice was wonderful, with not only families but staff also very excited to meet the cast.

"It meant so much to us that we could share what Claire House does and how the money raised will be able to help us continue providing care to the over 300 families we support."

The Fame television series ran from 1982 to 1987, with several cast members forming The Kids from Fame group.

Their self-titled album spent a total of 12 weeks at the top of the UK charts in the summer of 1982 and spawned two hit singles, Hi Fidelity and Starmaker.

Tickets for the matinee show on Monday are available from the box office on 0344 8000 400.

In addition to the reunion concerts there is a Fame convention.