Lenny Henry visits childrens hospital

Surprise visit boosts patients and families.

National treasure Sir Lenny Henry CBE paid a visit to Birmingham Children’s Hospital last Friday to lift spirits among the children, young people and families.

Sir Lenny, who was in the city for the Birmingham City University graduation ceremonies, took time out of his busy schedule to spend time on Ward 1, the hospital’s kidney ward.

He met with patients, families and staff as well as one of the hospital’s charity-funded ‘giggle doctors’, Dr Flowerpot, a professional performer who entertain youngsters while in hospital.

Known for his infectious laugh, the Dudley-born comedian said: “I was humbled to visit Birmingham Children’s Hospital last week and meet with the patients, families and staff on Ward 1. It was inspiring to hear how the hospital’s charity works hard to make a real difference to each child and family’s experience, allowing the youngsters to be kids first and patients second.”

Paula Duff, Impact Manager at Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, added: “It was an absolute honour to welcome Sir Lenny Henry to our hospital. He put a smile on the faces all of the children, families and staff he met – it really made their day. Visits like this are so incredibly beneficial to our families, especially those going through extremely difficult times. Play, fun and laughter is an integral part of what makes our hospital so special.”

For more information or to donate, visit bch.org.uk, email fundraising@bch.nhs.uk or call 0121 333 8506.