Staff and patients at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital were tickled pink after a visit from comedy legend Sir Ken Dodd OBE.
The Liverpool funny man was asked to officially unveil a plaque celebrating the generous support of ‘The League of Friends’ who funded decoration and distraction enhancements in the waiting area of Alder Hey’s Emergency Department.
The League of Friends, a voluntary organisation that has fundraised for Alder Hey for over 50 years, provided £38,000 to Alder Hey to kit out the waiting area with new decorations, TV’s, toys and couches for patients and families.
Sir Ken arrived with his tickling stick and entertained patients and staff before unveiling the plaque.
Sir Ken who is a long-time supporter of the League of Friends said:
“Alder Hey has a special place it my heart and it was a great honour and privilege to come here today. They took my tonsils out when I was 7 or 8 years old so I go back a long way with them.”
Clare White, CEO of Alder Hey Children’s Charity said:
“We would like to say thank you to Sir Ken Dodd for visiting today and to the League of Friends who have been amazing supporters of Alder Hey for over 50 years now. For over five decades they have helped to fund life-saving equipment and have given support to many generations of patients and families.”
Cindy Johnston, Chairman of the League of Friends said:
“Sir Ken has supported the League of Friends over the years, attending events and starting the Mersey Marathon. We are delighted that he could join us today to unveil the major donor plaque in Alder Hey’s Emergency Department.”