Almost losing his daughter, Lily-Rose Depp, in 2007 due to a kidney failure caused by contracting E. Coli, not only made Johnny Depp more protective than ever towards her but also gave him a reason to make thousands of sick children and their parents smile.

When his daughter was hospitalized in the Great Ormond Street Hospital in desperate need of life-saving treatment, Johnny and Vanessa Paradis spent 9 days on her hospital bedside worrying that they would lose her. That pain and fear made Johnny understand the pain parents of sick children feel and, though he already did it at the time, he started visiting sick children in hospitals more often and with a deeper passion.


Seeing the children smile and forget their worries for a little bit was inspiring for him, as all he wanted was to make them forget their situation. Not only their situation, but the parents' too. He told Graham Norton:

For me it’s a gift. They give me the gift. When my daughter was ill in Great Ormond Street it was the darkest period of my life. I’d always done these visits but after that experience the visits became more and more important.

The kids are so courageous but to be able to bring a smile or a giggle to the parents means everything in the world to me.