Nine-year-old Rubi-Mae switched on Alder Hey’s Christmas Lights on a memorable day at Alder Hey.
Rubi-Mae was born with a rare condition called Septo Optic Dysplasia which in Rubi-Mae’s case means she has very limited vision and uses visual aids. She is also treated by our endocrinology team who help regulate her hormones.
Rubi-Mae, alongside her mum Hannah, dad James and little sister Lili-Mae was joined by her consultant Senthil Senniappan to switch on the 2023 Christmas lights and officially mark the start of Christmas.
Rubi-Mae also gave us a wonderful performance, singing ‘It Was On A Starry Night’ to a large audience of staff, children and families who gathered in the hospital atrium to watch alongside those watching online via Alder Hey’s YouTube channel.
Before the main event, we had some wonderful performances from the pupils at St. Paul’s and St. Timothy’s Catholic Infant School Choir, Cascade Music and the amazing Katumba Drumming Group.
Then, it was time for the official countdown to our switch on, which was led by the brilliant Dr Ronx from CBBC’s Operation Ouch!. The event then ended with a sing along of ‘We wish you a Merry Christmas’.
If you missed it, don’t worry. You can watch the whole event back now on YouTube:
Thank you to our sponsors
Alder Hey would like to take the opportunity to say a massive thank you to our sponsors for this year’s Christmas Light Switch On event:
We’d also like to say a huge Alder Hey thank you to everyone who made this year’s switch on event possible including:
- Alder Hey Children’s Charity
- St Paul’s and St Timothy’s Catholic Infant School
- The Alder Hey Choir
- Cascade Music
- Katumba Drumming Group
- Rubi-Mae and family
- And all the Alder Hey teams who help put the event on.
Thank you for helping create us special memories for our children and young people and their families.