Humphrey’s Heroes Launched with Hospital Abseil
Today Royal Manchester
Children's Hospital Charity (RMCH Charity) launched its superhero
abseil, Humphrey's Heroes. To mark the occasion a team of the
world's most famous superheroes including Spiderman, Superman and
Batman surprised patients by scaling the hospital building before
abseiling down, much to the delight of waiting youngsters.
The abseilers from company, Green Access cheered up many of the
children who were just too poorly to leave their rooms, providing
smiles across many of the hospital's wards. One patient who
particularly enjoyed seeing his heroes was 11 year old Joshua.
All three heroes waved at the youngster through the window of
the ward after he eagerly awaited their decent.
With two feet safely on the ground further superheroes
entertained patients in the hospital's atrium, characters such as
Batman, Wolverine and Wonder Woman kindly provided by, Heroic
Alliance, a not for profit organisation formed from a group of
costume and prop-makers.
"It was so cool seeing Batman at my window, he is my favourite.
I've been in hospital for two weeks and so it was a good surprise
seeing the superheroes."
The hospital abseil sees the launch of Royal Manchester
Children's Hospital Charity's first ever public abseil taking place
later in the year. Humphrey's Heroes, on 23rd & 24th April will
offer 120 participants the chance to abseil down Liberty Heights in
Manchester City Centre to help raise funds to support the charity's
The Charity is encouraging participants to don their capes
dressed as their favourite hero (or villain) as they descend the
240 metre building at Manchester's tallest abseil.
The event, kindly sponsored by Sodexo and organised by Over the
Edge asks participants to raise a minimum amount of £150 per person
to raise funds to build a designated, 24 hour access helipad on
location at the hospital's central Manchester site.
One have a go superhero who is ready to take on the challenge is
29 year old Chris from Altrincham. Chris says:
"I will be conquering my fear of heights by taking on this
abseil! I'm terrified of peering over the edge and looking down but
I know it is nothing compared to what some of the children at the
hospital go through. Their bravery is amazing and if I can make a
small difference by abseiling off the tower and raising money in
the process then I am more than happy to be involved."
Hannah Thomas, Events Manager for Royal Manchester Children's
Hospital Charity, added:
"Every day each and every one of our patients are real life
superheroes. Today we wanted to give something back by surprising
the children at the hospital with some of their favourite comic
book and television superheroes. Today has been so enjoyable for
all involved and it was fantastic seeing such big smiles on the
It was a brilliant launch for our upcoming public abseil in
April; we encourage anyone who is feeling inspired to don their
capes and to try something different by scaling down Liberty
Heights with us, raising funds for our Helipad Appeal."
For more information about Humphrey's Heroes and to sign up to
the abseil visit the website:
The support of Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity
means that the hospital can provide additional resources that make
life easier for patients and their families who use the
The charity has three main areas of work:
- to support research projects to improve our understanding of
- to help to create an environment that's more
- to provide state-of-the-art equipment for diagnosis and
For further information
please contact Aimee Loughney 0161 276 4404 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to Editors
About Royal Manchester Children's Hospital
- The Charity provides resources to make a difficult time a
little bit easier for children and their families who use Royal
Manchester Children's Hospital.
- Royal Manchester Children's Hospital treats over 220,000
patients every year. They come from all over the North West
of England and from other parts of the country for some highly
- Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity is part of the
Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Charity. Registered charity number 1049274.
- The other hospitals which make up Central Manchester University
Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Charity are: University Dental
Hospital of Manchester Charity; Manchester Royal Eye Hospital
Charity; Manchester Royal Infirmary Charity; Saint Mary's Hospital
Charity; Trafford Hospitals Charity