Special Visits to Our Hospitals
From champions league pros to comedians galore, soap stars to sporting legends – there have been a lot of famous faces through the doors of our hospitals over the years.
While many celebrities also take part in events for us – such as the wonderful people who join in the Great Manchester Run 10K or do a reading at our Christmas Carols in the City – we’ve decided to focus today’s advent calendar on those who came to meet our young patients. This includes visits to our NICU (neonatal intensive care unit), children’s wards at both Oxford Road and Wythenshawe and of course our former Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital site at Pendlebury.
Over the years we’ve seen Manchester United and Manchester City players visit, including the mens and womens teams as well as other sporting clubs from the worlds of rugby and cricket.
We’re also proud to have so many wonderful soap actors who support our cause and each year one of their highlights in the calendar is visiting at Christmas. Over the years this has included Hollyoaks star Ashley Taylor Dawson, Waterloo Road actor Jason Done, Emmerdale’s Joe Gill and Coronation Street stars Antony Cotton, Brooke Vincent, Tina O’Brien and Simon Gregson. Sticking with TV stars, did you know we’ve also had visits from Tanya Bardsley and Dawn Ward from The Real Housewives of Cheshire?
From the world of comedy we’ve been privileged to welcome David Walliams, John Thomson, Brian Connelly, Jason Manford and Russell Howard. While Dragons’ Den great Theo Paphitis and restauranteur and TV chef Gino D’Campo have not only visited patients but made donations too. (Speaking of donations, thank you to those celebrities that appear on charity versions of our favourite quiz shows. John Thomson, Jennie McAlpine and Kym Marsh have all won us some money in the past.)
Many of the people who visit also live and work nearby, but some have travelled from further afield. We’re always delighted to welcome YouTubers and TV presenters Max and Harvey to our wards while many of you might remember Lorraine Kelly switching on our Christmas lights in 2010. Model Jodie Kidd has stopped to say “hello” while we’ve also had Alan Titchmarsh greeting patients and making over our children’s hospital garden.
Unfortunately, in-person visits cannot go ahead this year but we really hope we can reintroduce them when it’s safe to do so. Meanwhile, we hope you enjoy scrolling through our collection of celebrity photographs. Why not share your own memories and pictures on our social media channels? We’d love to see them!
To find out more about how you can show your support for our family of NHS Manchester hospitals this Christmas, click here.