Comedian Jason Manford delighted to be helping to ‘bring a little magic’ into the lives of the children at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital
Comedian Jason Manford is to compère a very special screening of
the much-loved film The Snowman at Royal Manchester
Children's Hospital on Sunday 6 December.
He will be introducing a spell-binding presentation of The
Snowman, which Carrot Productions are taking right to the
heart of the hospital - complete with a live, 26-piece professional
orchestra and nine year old singer Oscar Fairclough performing the
poignant Walking in the Air solo.
Speaking about his involvement in the occasion, Jason Manford
"I am very pleased to be able to play my part in this
inspiring event. It's great to be working alongside these first
class musicians to bring a little magic into the lives of the
children at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital. The Snowman
was very much part of my own childhood and I am pleased to be
involved in introducing a new generation to it in this rather
The screening will be open and free of charge to all children
staying in the hospital. Those stable enough to be moved will be
brought to the performance space by staff and volunteers. A live
transmission, relaying the whole performance to bedside
televisions, is planned for children unable to attend. Children
with chronic conditions who visit the hospital on a regular basis,
will also be invited, along with their families.
At the end of the performance each child will be invited to
speak to the musicians, look at the various instruments, and have a
cuddle and their picture taken with Carrot Productions very own
Susan Fairclough, Therapeutic and Specialised Play Service
Manager at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital said:
"We are absolutely delighted to be hosting 'The Snowman'. I
am pleased to be involved in making this magical experience happen
and I am sure it will bring cheer and happy memories to all the
patients and their families.
"Making the patients' experience happy and memorable is a
key aspect in assisting their recovery and well-being. I would like
to thank everyone in advance who is making this happen.'
Speaking about her delight at Jason Manford's involvement,
Rachel Whibley, Managing Director of Carrot Productions said:
"We are absolutely thrilled to learn of Jason's generosity
in agreeing to compere this event for us. His presence will make
the occasion even more festive and special, and we are very
This project is very close to my own heart. We are
regular visitors to the hospital as my son, Patrick, attends many
appointments there and has stayed overnight on numerous occasions.
The level of commitment and dedication shown by all the staff on
each and every occasion has been truly humbling.
As I have witnessed the profound effect our concert has on
children of all ages - they find it a truly magical and
life-affirming experience - I am thrilled to be able to share
it, as a way of saying thank you".
Other forces whose generosity is making this charitable
performance possible include The Oglesby Charitable Trust, which is
giving financial support, and Penguin Books Limited and Music Sales
Limited, who have granted the rights to use the film and music
freely to Carrot Productions for this occasion. ForViva, the social
organisation that positively impacts communities, is also
facilitating the event by providing extra seating.