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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 said:

"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 wonderful way."

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 Snowman!

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 grateful.

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.