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7th Apr 2017
Alder Hey was swept up in Aintree fever on Friday after an unforgettable visit by 2012 Grand National winner Neptune Collonges, dozens of race jockeys and classical singer Laura Wright.
One of many highlights of the day was the return of racehorse legend Neptune Collonges. Patients, families and staff were delighted to get a chance to meet and have their picture taken with the former champion.
Race jockeys including Sam Twiston Davis, Andrew Thornton and Nico De Boinville also visited Ward 4A where they enjoyed meeting staff, chatting to families and even joining patients in a memorable game of FIFA!
The jockeys were joined by AP McCoy and Mick Fitzgerald who will be leading the ITV Racing coverage of the Grand National races this weekend. Both former jockeys are Patrons of Alder Hey Children’s Charity.
Following their ward visit, many of the jockeys stayed to watch a stunning performance by singer Laura Wright in the hospital’s Atrium. Laura is a Ladies Ambassador for the Aintree races and is renowned for performing at some of the world’s biggest sporting events. The soprano warmed up for her performance tomorrow at the Grand National by performing a number of songs for Alder Hey patients and families, including ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ and ‘You’ve Got a Friend in Me’.
Gill Kennedy, Events Manager at Alder Hey said: “This visit is something we all look forward to every year at Alder Hey. It’s always a magical day for our patients, families and our staff and it’s wonderful that it’s become such a big part of Alder Hey and Aintree tradition. On behalf of everyone at Alder Hey, I ‘d like to say a big thank you to the Jockey Club, all the jockeys, Neptune Collonges’ trainer John Hales, Laura Wright and everyone involved in such a fantastic day!”
Alder Hey has received huge support from the Jockey Club over many years. Alder Hey Children’s Charity continued to have a presence at the world renowned Aintree festival on Thursday afternoon as Rather Be won the Alder Hey Children’s Charity Handicap Hurdle.
Look out for the visit at Alder Hey on ITV Racing tomorrow morning!
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