And they’re off….to Alder Hey! Jockeys and Neptune Collonges meet our patients
Alder Hey led the celebrations for the 2013 John Smith’s Grand National by giving a warm welcome to Neptune Collonges, winner of the world’s famous steeplechase last year.
Neptune Collonges, who won in one of the most exciting and closest finishes ever in last year’s race, paraded outside the hospital with his trainer Paul Nicholls and owner John Hales.
The 2013 champion was also joined by Jockey’s taking part in Saturday’s big race as they made their annual visit to Alder Hey’s Oncology Unit. Alder Hey Charity patrons, AP McCoy and Mick Fitzgerald and Daryl Jacobs who came to victory riding Neptune Collonges were among the Jockey’s visiting the Unit and are once again looking forward to meeting Alder Hey’s patients and families.
Mick Fitzgerald said: “I’ve been coming to Alder Hey for so many years now; it’s become part of the Grand National experience! When I was riding, I found the visit particularly humbling – seeing what the patients and their families were going through put a real perspective on things and made me realise there was more to life than racing! Now I’m a dad myself it has even more relevance – the work they do is inspiring!”
Clare White, Director of Charities said: “We are delighted to once again be the official charity partner of the John Smith’s Grand National. Our long standing partnership with one of the most popular meetings in the racing calendar is a fantastic opportunity to raise the profile of our charity and will help us to support Alder Hey Hospital in delivering leading edge care to children and young people.
“We are thrilled that Neptune Collonges was able to join us this year on what is always an exciting and popular visit for our patients and families. On behalf of the charity I would like to thank Mr and Mrs Hales and Paul Nicholls, together with our patrons AP McCoy and Mick Fitzgerald and all the other jockeys for taking time to visit us today. We wish them all the best of luck in this weekend’s racing!”