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Avenue are right up Booth Hall’s street!

A promising boy band recently dropped into Booth Hall Children’s Hospital to spread a little festive cheer in the run up to Christmas. Avenue proved they are right up the kids’ street when they wowed them with a stunning acoustic set fresh from supporting McFly on their arena tour. Avenue took time out of their busy schedule to visit Booth Hall to entertain patients, performing their debut single ‘Can You Feel It?’ before meeting and greeting the children. Young patients, their parents and carers, and the staff were thrilled as Avenue arrived laden down with goodie bags before the down-to-earth band took the time to sign photos, have a chat and pose for photos. Not only did Avenue perform several of their own songs, but they also got into the festive sprit by leading the children in several Christmas songs. The band said: “We had a great day at Booth Hall singing Christmas songs and having a good chat and we hope they enjoyed it too! Thanks for having us there. We also want to urge everyone to support the New Children’s Hospital Appeal as it is such a good cause and will help both the kids and their parents.” Play Centre co-ordinator Kathy Cotton added: “We are really grateful to Avenue for taking the time to come and visit Booth Hall. They were great with the kids and made sure they chatted to all of them and had their photos taken. They didn’t even mind being made to sing Christmas songs even though their own songs were pretty good too! The children loved it all and were smiling for the rest of the day. They are welcome to come back any time!” Two years ago, the band entered The X Factor and progressed to the boot camp stage before they were disqualified as they had previous management in place. However, the Avenue boys: Max, Andy. Ross, Jonny and Scott, have bounced back and will release their single early next year. Booth Hall Children’s Hospital will be relocating to the new children’s hospital on Oxford Road in Manchester in Summer 2009. The New Children’s Hospital Appeal aims to raise £20 million to provide the new children’s hospital with state-of-the-art equipment to help doctors provide patients with the very best in diagnosis and care. The appeal also aims to provide parental accommodation facilities so that parents can stay close to their child during treatment. For more information visit www.newchildrenshospitalappeal.org.uk and www.cmmc.nhs.uk