National treasure Sir Lenny Henry CBE paid a visit to Birmingham Children’s Hospital last week (Friday 27 July) 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 hart 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, said: “It was an absolute honour to welcome Sir Lenny  Henry to our hospital. He put a smile on the faces of 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.”

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