Celebration Event To Say Goodbye To Alder Hey
Alder Hey will say goodbye to its current hospital with a celebration event on Friday 18th September.
Alder Hey will be moving into its new hospital, Alder Hey in the Park during a five day move from 2nd to 6th October. The new hospital will bring together excellent care, technology and design to provide the best possible healing environment for children and their families.
Before moving to the new state-of-the-art facility, staff, patients and families will be given the opportunity to say goodbye to the current hospital, which has been home to thousands of staff and patients for over 100 years.
The celebration event will take place in Alder Hey’s Education Centre and will include a number of activities such as a free BBQ, a face painter, a magician and a performance by the Alder Hey staff choir.
Attendees will also be invited to write their Alder Hey ‘thank yous’ and memories of the old hospital onto a ‘Memory Tree’ which will be displayed in the new hospital ‘Alder Hey in the Park’.
A former Alder Hey patient and avid fundraiser for Alder Hey Children’s Charity will be the first to leave a memory on the tree.Born with a Cleft, Lip and Palate and Osteomyelitis, Mark Peers spent his childhood in and out of Alder Hey and has had over 100 operations. A bone infection in his right leg meant that his bones stopped growing prematurely and this resulted him having his right leg amputated when he was just eight years old.
After overcoming all these difficulties, Mark was determined to raise funds for Alder Hey Children’s Charity. Over the last 12 years, he has done all he can to raise thousands of pounds for the Charity by selling raffle tickets, collecting money and taking part in various challenges and events. In 2014, Mark trekked 30 miles across the Great Wall of China for Alder Hey and is preparing to walk along Hadrian’s Wall in September. He has also signed up to the Charity’s Grand Canyon Challenge in October 2016.
Mark said: “The hospital has held so many memories for me over the years so this event is a great opportunity to celebrate that. I am thrilled that I have been asked to be the first person to write a memory and I can’t wait to do so.”
Louise Shepherd, Chief Executive at Alder Hey Hospital said: “As we prepare to move to our new hospital Alder Hey in the Park, it is important to take some time to look back on all we have achieved since our hospital began over 100 years ago. We hope as many of our patients and families as possible are able to join us in sharing the amazing memories we have created here and celebrating the next exciting step in Alder Hey’s journey. ”
The event will take place on Friday 18th September at the Alder Hey Education Centre between 4.30pm and 7pm. All are welcome.