Christmas comes early to UCLH 

08/12/2016 00:00 
Lorraine Kelly - dubbed the Queen of daytime TV - lit up UCLH at this year’s festive gathering which attracted hundreds of staff, patients and visitors.

“I had my baby in an NHS hospital and it was amazing and when I was very ill in an accident about four years ago, the care that I got on the NHS was incredible…I want to say ‘thank you’ to every single one of you who work here or contribute in any way to our national health service because it’s very, very precious,” said Lorraine before switching on the University College Hospital Christmas lights.

This year’s event showcased the work of our charities that manned display stands to raise money and awareness.

The UCLH Staff Singers, The Camden Community Gospel Choir, the Salvation Army, balloon modellers, a magician, a fun photo booth and mince pies added to the festive feeling.

It was an extra special event for two patients in particular. Our patient experience team made a wish come true for a seriously ill teenager who was eager to watch the tree ceremony and meet Lorraine Kelly.  She watched the proceedings from her hospital bed, wheeled from the ward for a short period.

And a primary school teacher who underwent life-saving treatment after being diagnosed with a rare sarcoma was among the gospel singers.  “I was given the all clear in October and I’ve just got engaged to be married. I am so happy. I am delighted to be singing at University College Hospital – I want to give something back,” said Leanna Christie. In particular she praised consultant Jeremy Whelan and clinical nurse specialist Rosie Donovan.

Check out the UCLH festive open event and watch Lorraine Kelly and the tree lighting ceremony on Instagram and Facebook


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