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Aintree Favourite Honoured by Alder Hey

A young patient meets Grand National winner Amberleigh HouseNineteen-time champion jockey AP McCoy took centre stage during a memorable visit to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital on Friday.

Hospital patients, families and staff thanked the 2010 Grand National winner for his longstanding support as a Patron of Alder Hey Children’s Charity, ahead of his final Grand National on Friday. During the visit, six year old patient Freddy Barker presented the racing favourite with a piece of artwork created by patients.

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AP McCoy is a Patron of Alder Hey Children’s Charity. The Charity is currently raising much needed funds for lifesaving equipment, vital research and arts and play activities in Alder Hey’s new hospital, which is set to open later this year.

AP McCoy with his gift, created by talented young artists at Alder HeyCath Harding from Alder Hey Children’s Charity said: “As this is AP’s last Grand National, we felt it was fitting to mark the occasion with a special gift to thank him for his support and celebrate his successful career in racing. This may be his last Grand National but we hope to see him again soon and look forward to welcoming him to our new hospital in the near future.”

Thanks to the support of AP McCoy, fellow Patron Mick Fitzgerald, the Jockey Club and Great British Racing the visit to Alder Hey has become a regular part of the Aintree race meeting. AP was joined at the children’s hospital by a dozen jockeys involved in this year’s Grand National, along with two former winners of the famous steeplechase Amberleigh House and Neptune Collonges. The jockeys spent the morning meeting patients and families on Alder Hey’s Orthopaedics ward, where they also took part in a tricky Q&A session.

2012 Grand National winner Neptune Collonges meets a family outside Alder HeyCath continued: “The annual visit from the jockeys is something we all look forward to at Alder Hey. I would like to thank all the jockeys and our Patrons AP McCoy and Mick Fitzgerald for once again coming to see us during the busy racing weekend. The return of Amberleigh House and Neptune Collonges ensured there was also some extra magic at this year’s visit. Thank you to the Jockey Club, Great British Racing and John Hales for keeping this wonderful tradition going and making another magical day at Alder Hey possible!”

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