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1st May 2018
It was a day to remember for all at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in April, as legendary champion jockey Sir AP McCoy joined Grand National jockeys and 2012 Grand National winner Neptune Collonges in a visit.
Sir AP, who is a Patron of Alder Hey Children’s Charity, was joined by fellow Patron and Grand National winner Mick Fitzgerald, racing horse owner John Hales, over a dozen jockeys involved in this year’s race meeting at Aintree as well as the 2012 winner of the Grand National, Neptune Collonges.
The jockey’s visit to Alder Hey is one of the highlights of the Aintree races and is a tradition that stretches back decades.
One of the busiest children’s hospitals in Europe, Alder Hey treats over 275,000 children and young people every year. Alder Hey Children’s Charity have invested over £20m towards the new hospital and continues to raise much needed funds for childhood research and patient experience initiatives.
Neptune Collonges was the star of the show for many patients, families and even jockeys, who were keen to have their picture taken with the former Grand National champion.
The jockeys then spent some time visiting patients on our wards to spread some Grand National cheer and they even got some lucky souvenirs made by our patients in the hopes it could spur them onto victory in the big one.
In the end though, it was Tiger Roll who was successful in the 2018 renewal of the race, with jockey Davy Russell doing the steering for trainer Gordon Elliott to highlight a very successful week for the Irish.
Everyone at Alder Hey cannot wait for next year’s jockey visit and, of course, for the greatest show on turf to come to town again!
Alder Hey Children's Charity