Counting down to Christmas! 

15/12/2017 00:00 
Comedian David Baddiel brought some early festive cheer to UCLH when he switched on our Christmas lights.

The TV personality and best-selling author praised our “fantastic” hospital and the NHS.

He said: “My dad is ill, he has dementia. Various other members of my family, including myself, have been ill over the years and I really love the NHS.”

After flipping the switch on the Christmas tree lights, Mr Baddiel, who is a supporter of the Brain Appeal, which funds several projects at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (part of UCLH), posed for selfies with some of the hundreds of people at our annual festive event.

Staff, patients and visitors were treated to rousing performances from the Rock Choir and the WeSing Camden Gospel Project, as well as festive favourites from the Salvation Army Band.

Balloon modellers and a funky photo booth added to the festive fun and the work of our charities was showcased throughout the afternoon.

Chairman Richard Murley, who is stepping down after seven years at the Trust’s helm, paid tribute to all those involved in UCLH.

He said: “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who works at UCLH – to thank the staff, to thank the patients who come to UCLH by honouring us for coming here for their care and to all the helpers, volunteers and people who support the hospital in so many different ways. It really means so much to us.”

Celebrities that have lit up UCLH in the past include daytime TV presenter Lorraine Kelly, sports personality Gary Lineker, award-winning actress Olivia Coleman, TV presenter and explorer Ben Fogle, news presenter Jon Snow and Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson – to name but a few!

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