Former patient spreads a little festive cheer
A former patient recently spread a little festive
cheer when he dropped into the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital
with Father Christmas - and a photo booth to ensure the precious
memory is preserved. Luke Stevens, 31, from Urmston, runs a company
called Eventbooths with his brother Alix, 35, from Sale. They
provide photos booths for parties. However, because Luke was
treated in Pendlebury he offered his time for free.
Patients who are unable to leave the hospital to see Father
Christmas were treated to their own personal visit and
had their photo taken to provide proof that he knows where
every child is on Christmas Day. They also dressed up in the
various props that Eventbooths brought with them and were
given a photo.
Luke said: "As a child I had a bad accident which saw me spend
sometime in Pendlebury Children's Hospital. The staff were great
and helped me through the whole ordeal. Christmas is a hard time
for children that are being treated in hospital and so I
wanted to do something that would try and help keep there spirits
up. The booth brings fun and laughter to anyone who goes
inside and so I thought it would be great to get the kids in there
with Santa with lots of wigs and costumes to spread the festive
joy. Seeing the smiles on the children's faces was great."
Therapeutic and Specialised Play Service Manager at RMCH, Susan
Fairclough said: "It is very generous of Luke to give up his time
to make the festive season that little bit more special for our
young patients. However, the staff also got in on the act too
so it was a great day for everyone!"