West End star lights up open event 

09/12/2010 00:00 

Patients and the public joined staff from across UCLH as West End star Lee Mead turned on the Christmas tree lights during the Trust’s annual open event on Tuesday 7 December.

Samantha Philpott,divisional senior nurse, Richard Murley, chairman, Priscilla Murembeni, staff nurse, with Lee Mead

From l to r: Samantha Philpott, divisional senior nurse, Richard Murley, UCLH chairman, Priscilla Murembeni, staff nurse, with West End star Lee Mead

Departments and staff from across UCLH representing clinical services, research, charities, facilities, arts and archives, offered an impressive array of interactive display stands. Visitors were also offered the opportunity to join a range of tours of clinical departments.

Switching on the Christmas tree lights, West End musical star Lee Mead, congratulated staff for their work and thanked the crowds of visitors for supporting the Trust.

Lee, who is appearing in the hit musical Wicked and shot to fame after winning the title role of Joseph in the BBC show Any Dream Will Do, was particularly interested in the maternity and neonatal stand following the recent birth of his daughter Betsy.

Nutrition and Dietetics - winners of the best stand

Nutrition and Dietetics - winners of the best stand

UCLH chairman Richard Murley and deputy chief executive Mike Foster, chose Nutrition and Dietetics – where visitors could cycle a bike to make their own smoothies - as winners of the best stand. The Heart Hospital team - who gave exercise demonstrations to visitors - were runners-up with their eye-catching efforts.

Two for Tea entertaining the crowds with their retro sounds

Two for Tea entertaining the crowds with their retro sounds

Richard said: “Members have staff have made such an effort with their stalls and it is wonderful that they are able to showcase all they are doing for patients locally and nationally. “ Another undoubted star of the show was the Trust’s DaVinci robot used to treat surgery patients. The £1.6 million robot tied knots as astonished spectators looked on.

Young gospel singers from the local Maria Fidelis Convent School in Camden – winners of the 2010 BBC Songs of Praise choir competition – raised the roof with their soulful gospel music.


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