Micah helps out with hospital appeal
- Fri 21 Nov 2008, 5:15PM
Micah Richards spread a little happiness at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital in Pendlebury this week.
The popular defender visited one of the hospital’s play facilities and spent time with some of the children and their families. Next year sees the opening of a brand new state of the art site in central Manchester that will allow both the Pendlebury & Booth Hall hospitals to merge under one roof, with the appeal to raise the final £5million for the new hospital one of Manchester City’s nominated charities for this season.
Micah was only too pleased to chat to the children, their families and staff, and he told us, "It was nice to be at the hospital; it is great if you can put a smile on the faces of the kids in what might be a tough time in their lives," he said.
"Footballers are always keen to put something back and visiting a children's hospital is always a humbling experience. It was an enjoyable visit for me. It puts life into perspective.
"The staff at the hospital do a terrific job and it is great for me just to play a small part in helping toward the appeal total for the new hospital. It will be an awesome facility and one of which everyone in Manchester can be proud."
City’s fundraising will focus in particular on the new hospital’s play area, as the appeal’s corporate and individual fund-raising manager told us: "City have kindly offered to support the outdoor play area at the new hospital and that is an important area for the children to get away from the wards and have a bit of social interaction..
"The club has a great reputation for working in the community and it is wonderful that they are supporting the new hospital. People in Manchester have big hearts.
"Every day we are amazed by the public's generosity in terms of money, time and spirit."
Yvie Morley, a play specialist at Pendlebury who showed Micah around the ward and the current facilities, adds: “We deal with children who have had quite major surgery, such as renal transplants. The play area helps the children cope with their stay in hospital, understand more about their treatment and it helps as we to try to make their life as normal as possible.
“There will be a brand new indoors and outdoors play centre at the top of the new hospital. It will be a fantastic facility because we have nothing like it at Pendlebury at the moment, it will be somewhere the kids can go off their wards and meet other children. We don't have anything like it here because space is so short, so we are really looking forward to moving there and being able to use it.”
For more information, go to www.newchildrenshospitalappeal.org.uk or call 0161 276 4522.