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Michelle Makes Promise to Patients

Michelle Keegan

Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity (RMCH Charity) is delighted to announce Manchester's very own Michelle Keegan as the charity's newest patron.

The former Coronation Street star first got involved with the hospital in 2013 when she fronted RMCH Charity's Big T-Break campaign. Michelle has now pledged her support to the charity by becoming an official patron, taking time out of her busy schedule to meet with patients at the hospital.

Michelle will now be helping to raise awareness of the charity and lending a hand with fundraising so that the charity can continue to support excellence in treatment care and research and help to make a difference to the 200,000 children who visit the hospital each year.

The multi award winning actress, well-known for her role as Tina McIntyre in Coronation Street, has recently launched her third collection for fashion label, Lipsy, which she has been working hard on since leaving the infamous cobbles in May. Michelle is currently in Manchester filming her first role since leaving Coronation Street, BBC drama, Ordinary Lies, where she will play receptionist, Tracey.

Michelle, who splits her time between Manchester and Essex, where she now lives with her fiancé, Mark Wright said:

"I am really excited and honoured to become an official patron for Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity. Being born and bred in this city, I know the excellent work the hospital does and couldn't think of a better local charity to support than RMCH Charity."


"Having visited the hospital myself, I have seen first-hand the difference that the Charity makes to the patients.  Charitable funds ensure that the hospital environment is as child-friendly and as comforting as possible. They also support vital clinical research and provide state of the art equipment for diagnosis and treatment."

"I really enjoyed visiting the hospital again and meeting the inspirational staff and patients.  Now that I am an official patron I will be encouraging the people of the North-West to join me in supporting the Charity to help ensure that Royal Manchester Children's Hospital is not only the biggest in the UK, but also one of the very best!"

Maurice Watkins, Chairman of Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity commented:Michelle Keegan

"We are delighted that Michelle has pledged her support to Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity and I know she will be a fantastic patron.   The support of patrons like Michelle is vitally important for the hospital and Charity.  In addition to helping with our fundraising, visits from patrons make a huge difference to our patients and their families.  We're so pleased to welcome Michelle and look forward to working with her more."

Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity is raising money to ensure continued excellence in treatment, care and research at the hospital - improving the lives of thousands of children each year across the North West and beyond.

The support of the Charity means that the hospital can provide additional resources that make life easier for patients and their families who use the hospital.

The charity has three main areas of work:

  • to support research projects to improve our understanding of children's illnesses
  • to help to create an environment that's more child-friendly
  • to provide state-of-the-art equipment for diagnosis and treatment.

For further information on the charity please visit www.rmchcharity.org.uk.  You can follow RMCH Charity on twitter @RMCHCharity.  You can follow Michelle on Twitter, @michkeegan.



For further information, please contact:

Aimee Lawless, Press officer, on 07826 886 286 or aimee.lawless@cmft.nhs.uk

For Michelle Keegan requests, please contact Laura Graham : laura@vitalmanagement.co.uk

Notes to Editors

About the charity

  • 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 opened in central Manchester in June 2009.  The hospital is one of five located close together along Oxford Road, ensuring access to specialist support and better treatment for all of our patients. Royal Manchester Children's Hospital treats over 185,000 patients every year.  They come from all over the North West of England and from other parts of the country for some very specialised treatments.
  • 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:

Manchester University Dental Hospital Charity

Manchester Royal Eye Hospital Charity

Manchester Royal Infirmary Charity

Saint Mary's Hospital Charity