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Michael Owen Supports Alder Hey Hospital Appeal

Luke and mum Kelly (right) with Michael Owen and Director of Charities Clare White (left) outside the new Alder Hey hospitalFormer footballer Michael Owen dropped off a cheque to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital today, before seeing firsthand the part his valuable fundraising efforts will play in the hospital’s future.

During his visit to Alder Hey, Michael was given a tour of the new Alder Hey Hospital which is being built next door to the current site. Alder Hey Children’s Charity is currently aiming to raise £30m for the new hospital which is set to open in 2015. Every penny donated to the appeal will be used to provide leading edge life-saving medical equipment, arts and play activities and funding for vital research.

Earlier this month, Michael ran the Virgin Money London Marathon for three charities including Alder Hey. Michael said: “Running the London Marathon is the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but it was an unbelievable experience. I’m extremely proud to have raised so much money for Alder Hey, a remarkable children’s charity close to my heart. Their amazing new hospital opens next year but they really need as many donations as possible to help fund life-saving equipment and research.”

Web - Luke accepts cheque from Michael OwenLuke Chapman, young ambassador for the appeal, welcomed Michael to Alder Hey. Eight year old Luke was born with a very complex set of heart defects and has faced a lifetime of serious open heart surgeries at Alder Hey.

Accepting the cheque on behalf of Alder Hey Children’s Charity Luke said: “It was great to meet Michael and thank him for raising money for the new hospital.”

Clare White, Director of Charities said: “We were delighted Michael chose Alder Hey as one of his charities for this year’s London Marathon. The money he has raised will go towards our fundraising appeal and help thousands of Alder Hey patients in the future. On behalf of Alder Hey Children’s Charity I would like to thank him for his support.”

Do something remarkable today and donate to Alder Hey Children’s Charity to support the remarkable children at Alder Hey. Donations can be made by phone on 0333 222 3888, online or by dropping in to the fundraising office at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.

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