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Jockeys And Amberleigh House On Course For Photo Finish At Alder Hey

Alder Hey patients and families meet Grand National legend Amberleigh HouseFormer Grand National winner Amberleigh House joined racing jockeys on a special visit to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital today.

Alder Hey patients and families met the winner of the 2004 Grand National meeting before meeting a number of jockeys, including Alder Hey Children’s Charity Patrons Mick Fitzgerald and AP McCoy. Racing horse owner John Hales and Champion trainer Paul Nicholls also took part in the annual visit to Liverpool’s famous children’s hospital.

Freddy Barker, a young ambassador for Alder Hey Children’s Charity, welcomed Amberleigh House and the jockeys on arrival. Four year old Freddy from Hoylake has been supporting a massive fundraising appeal for Alder Hey’s new hospital.

Freddy said: “I really enjoyed seeing Amberleigh House and meeting some of the jockeys that will be riding in the Grand National.”

During the visit the jockeys visited patients on the hospital’s E2 ward for a tricky question and answer session. Hosted by Mick Fitzgerald, young patients asked questions including ‘do you ever get scared?’, ‘does it hurt when you fall off?’ and ‘how do you maintain your weight?’.

Clare White, Director of Charities said: “This is a really exciting time for everyone across the city of Liverpool. Alder Hey and the Grand National are both national treasures and it’s fantastic that we are able to play a part in the racing calendar. We are delighted that the jockeys have once again found the time to come and visit us during the busy racing weekend and it’s great to welcome Amberleigh House to Alder Hey for the first time.

“On behalf of the Charity I would like to thank The Jockey Club, Great British Racing, our patrons AP McCoy and Mick Fitzgerald, Judy Halewood, John Hales, Paul Nicholls and all the jockeys for making such a wonderful day possible. This has always been a fun and memorable visit for our patients and families and I’m sure has been enjoyed by many more this year!”

Alder Hey has had a close relationship with Liverpool’s famous steeplechase for many years. Alongside this visit, the hospital will also have a strong presence at Aintree Racecourse on Ladies Day with the Alder Hey Children’s Charity Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) taking place at 4.50pm.

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