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Alder Hey Christmas Lights Switched On

Alder Hey have kicked off their festive season with a fun filled Christmas lights switch-on by Pride of Britain winner George Mathias.

George switched on Alder Hey’s Christmas lights on Wednesday 29th November with plenty of fun and activities taking place beforehand. The event, hosted by Capital FM Liverpool’s Breakfast presenters Adam Weighell and Gemma Cutting, was a chance for the hospital to bring some Christmas cheer to patients and their families.

Eleven year old George from St Helens won this year’s Good Morning Britain Young Fundraiser of the Year at a star studded Pride of Britain ceremony after raising over £50,000 for Alder Hey after the hospital saved his brother James as a baby.

George, who is also a Young Fundraising Ambassador for Alder Hey Children’s Charity ran one mile for every month he has had James since he left Alder Hey and has run with a host of celebrities including Jason Manford, John Bishop, Sir Chris Hoy, Rebecca Adlington, Steven Gerrard and Leighton Baines.

To get everyone into the festive spirit, the event included performances by Hawthorns Choir and the Alder Hey Staff Choir. There was also a chance for patients to meet Father Christmas and his elves, get their face painted and join in with fun and games with Everton in the Community..

Alder Hey’s Chief Executive, Louise Shepherd said: “This is an exciting and fantastic way to start Christmas at Alder Hey. It’s so important that we are able to celebrate Christmas across our hospital as some of our patients and families will be spending the festive season here.

“I would like to thank George and his family, along with Adam and Gemma and all those involved in today’s event. Thank you for helping bring some Christmas magic to Alder Hey!”

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