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Remarkable Megan Plays Starring Role In New Film Aimed At Raising New Hospital Funds

Megan Fish, our young charity ambassadorA remarkable four year old from Preston is starring in a new film which urges people in the north west to donate to a major charity appeal for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.

Young ambassador for Alder Hey Children’s Charity Megan Fish, who was born with a congenital heart defect and has undergone major heart bypass surgery, plays the central role in the short film being shown in cinemas across the north west from today (Friday).

The film’s showing is part of the second phase of a £30m appeal for Alder Hey as it prepares to open a new world class hospital in Liverpool 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.

The film marks the second phase of Alder Hey Children’s Charity advertising campaign and aims to raise awareness and support for the appeal. The campaign, called ‘The Land of Remarkable People’, has also included radio advertising, a social media drive and mailings to communities across the region.

Megan’s mum Fiona, said: “Megan is really excited about appearing in Alder Hey’s new film, especially when it was shown to her little friends in assembly at Leyland Methodist Primary School.

“She has been a regular visitor to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital since she was born at the Royal Preston Hospital and transferred when she was just days old. As well as heart surgery, Megan has also been treated for a series of mini strokes she suffered in 2011 due to a blood clot.

“Despite all that she has been through, Megan is a happy little girl who is full of fun and we are so grateful for the care and kindness we have received from everyone at Alder Hey. Whilst we are unlucky that this has all happened, we feel lucky that Megan has been treated at Alder Hey and we are keen to do anything we can to support the charity appeal.

“Megan can’t stop watching the film on my phone, next stop Hollywood!”

Michael Brown, Chair of Alder Hey Charity said: “Our appeal is raising money to ensure we can provide a truly remarkable, world class facility that children and young people across the North West region deserve. The NHS can afford to build the hospital but the charitable appeal allows Alder Hey to incorporate a higher specification of equipment and add in art and play. In short it will transform a national children’s hospital into a unique international children’s centre that is kitted out with the very best.

“To make this a reality we need the support of the local community, corporate donors and our charity patrons. With the help of donations, our new hospital will bring together excellent care, technology and design to provide the best possible healing environment for children and their families. Please do something remarkable and donate to Alder Hey Children’s Charity. Every penny raised will really make the difference to the lives of children in Alder Hey now and in the future.”

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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