Singing sensation Susan Boyle flew the flag for her native Scotland by taking part in a relay race in the run-up to the Commonwealth Games and sharing her time in the sporting spotlight with sick kids.

The Britain's Got Talent star joined the Queen's Baton Relay outside the Yorkhill Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow.

She then carried the baton around the wards, giving both the children and staff a chance to share in the excitement of the sporting event, which kicks off in Glasgow on Wednesday (23Jul14).

Boyle tells British newspaper the Daily Record, "It was a lot of fun. I had a ball, an absolute ball. It was good to bring the Commonwealth Games to the children. They don't get a chance to see it, so we're bringing it to them."

The baton has covered 118,000 miles (189,903 kilometres) and 70 nations during the epic 288-day relay, and has returned to Glasgow in time for Wednesday night's opening ceremony, during which Boyle will perform alongside Rod Stewart and Amy MACdonald.