Young Charity Ambassadors Get Christmas Underway at Alder Hey
Alder Hey patients launched the start of Christmas celebrations at their hospital at a special event on Thursday 4th December.
Freddy Barker, Erin Cross, Grace Lee, Ted McCaffery, Sam and Amy-Jo Penkethman Owens and Huzaifah Valli are all Young Ambassadors of Alder Hey Children’s Charity and joined patients and families outside the hospital to enjoy mince pies and sing carols before they switched on the Christmas lights.
One of the ambassadors Grace Lee sang at the event, following her memorable “flash mob” performance in Liverpool One back in September that was seen by over 120,000 people online.
The Young Ambassadors were also joined at the event by EFC legends and LFC Under 21s players. Everton’s Graham Stuart, Graham Sharp and Ian Snodin and Liverpool’s Lloyd Jones, Ryan McLaughlin, Brad Smith and Jordan Williams together added some extra magic to the Christmas festivities.
BBC Radio Merseyside presenter Sean Styles hosted the event which included performances from Alder Hey’s Staff Choir and the Wirral Grammer School for Girls Band. There was also an opportunity for patients to have a photograph with Father Christmas and his reindeer and even some donkeys on what was a magical evening at the hospital.
This is Alder Hey’s last Christmas in its current buildings as it prepares to move into a new hospital in 2015. The Young Ambassadors are all supporting the charity’s £30m appeal to raise money for lifesaving equipment, vital research and arts and play activities in the new ‘Alder Hey in the Park’.
Clare White, Alder Hey Children’s Charity said: “Christmas is always an important time at Alder Hey and as we prepare to move to our new hospital next year, it seemed fitting for our Young Ambassadors to kick off the festive season. They have all worked incredibly hard since our appeal began last year in helping us raise vital funds for the new Alder Hey in the Park. This was a perfect way for us to say thank you for all their efforts and ongoing support! I would also like to thank all our local partners and corporate supporters for making this event possible.”
Louise Shepherd, Alder Hey’s Chief Executive said: “Christmas at Alder Hey is particularly special this year as this will be the last time we celebrate it in our current buildings. Our Christmas light switch on always signals that Christmas at Alder Hey has begun and I’m looking forward to seeing our patients and families there.
“As always our staff will be working incredibly hard to make Christmas time as nice as it can be for our patients here and hopefully some of them will also have the chance to bring their families along to join in the festive fun!”
Graham Sharp said: “It’s a real privilege to come to Alder Hey and help brighten up the day a little for all the patients and their families here.
“Having to spend Christmas time in hospital is tough but the staff here at Alder Hey do all they can to keep the wards positive. It’s a truly wonderful place and the Club is always happy to lend a hand in any way we can.”
Lloyd Jones, Captain of Liverpool FC’s U21s, commented: “We regularly come and visit the children at Alder Hey, so it’s fantastic to have been invited to be a part of the Christmas light switch-on with the Young Ambassadors today. We can’t wait to come along later this month to deliver some special Christmas treats to the kids here and to help make Christmas time as best an experience possible for them.”
Thank you to Sean Styles (BBC Radio Merseyside), Wirral Grammar School for Girls, Everton FC, Liverpool FC, Jaguar Land Rover, Vygon, Sayers, MPE Interiors and our young charity ambassadors.