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Little Freddy lights up Alder Hey’s big Christmas switch-on

Christmas officially got underway at Alder Hey yesterday evening when young charity ambassador Freddy took centre-stage with BBC Radio Merseyside’s Sean Styles to switch on a glittering array of lights.

Freddy was joined by a crowd including other patients and their families as well as Alder Hey staff and was given a big cheer as he pushed the button to light up the surroundings and get Christmas off to a cracking start.

We were joined by a bit of a celebrity – Santa himself! – who performed some Christmas magic to get away from his work at the North Pole to meet some of our patients. And Santa wasn’t alone, we had reindeer, donkeys, some great music from Wirral Grammar School for Girls’ 18-piece swing band and even a bit of snow!

If you missed our big switch-on or you wanted to re-live some of the atmosphere – we were on hand to capture it all in the video above.

We would like to thank everybody who came along, and the following people who made our big switch-on possible:

  • Sean Styles, BBC Radio Merseyside
  • Wirral Grammar School for Girls’ Swing Band
  • Mark Baver from the Liverpool Pipe Band
  • Alwood Donkeys on the Wirral
  • Tarvin Sands Reindeer Centre
  • Freddy Barker and his family 
  • Jaguar Landrover for donating the lights and for decorating the trees 
  • Laing O’Rourke who donated the trees
  • D&A Electrical Systems Ltd and Hayes Electrical & Building Services who provided free labour, material and piloted the cherry picker.
  • Santa Claus

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