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Sarah Brown Visits the New Children’s Hospital

Prime Minister's wife Sarah Brown visited the new children’s hospital yesterday (22nd September 2008), currently under construction in central Manchester, to see how the development is progressing and how money raised by The New Children’s Hospital Appeal will make a difference to the lives of children and their families who will utilise this new hospital. Sarah, was joined by Appeal Chairman Maurice Watkins and Appeal Patrons Philip and Julie Neville. Sarah Brown commented: “Julie and Phil Neville invited me to visit the nearly completed New Children's Hospital. They have been great champions of the Appeal and I wish them well in meeting the final target, which they are so close to achieving. “When this hospital opens in 2009 it will be a flagship facility and Manchester will be able to boast that it is home to the largest children's hospital in Britain. The New Children's Hospital Appeal will add so much value to the hospital and make a huge difference to lives of thousands of children across the North West. I know that as well as providing state of the art equipment the Appeal will also be providing parental accommodation on and close to the wards. This will mean that parents can stay close to their child during treatment.“ The New Children’s Hospital Appeal aims to raise £20 million to provide parental accommodation so families can stay closer together and for specialist equipment at what will be UK’s biggest children’s hospital, currently under construction next to the Manchester Royal Infirmary, due to open in Manchester in 2009. The Appeal is three quarters of the way to the £20m target having banked and pledged £15 million in two years. The new children’s hospital will open in 2009 on the site of Manchester Royal Infirmary and will be the largest children’s hospital in the UK with 393 beds.