Children's hospital play area now open
- Sat 25 Sep 2010, 10:18AM
- Posted by Chris Bailey
City stars and officials this week got the opportunity to see firsthand the difference that the club’s support has made to patients at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital at the official opening of a club-funded outdoor play area.
In October 2009, Manchester City and its supporters donated £500,000 to the New Children’s Hospital Appeal, which was set up to fund projects to enhance the newly built facility, the largest children’s hospital in the UK. The donation from Manchester City was the last push towards their £20million target and was specifically used to fund the outdoor play area, amongst other projects.
Carlos Tevez, Patrick Vieira and Joe Hart joined in-patients and their families at the hospital for a party in the new play area, which was formally opened by City CEO Garry Cook and Maurice Watkins, Chairman of Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity.
Speaking at the event, Garry Cook said:
“I was very honoured to be invited for a tour of the new children’s hospital many months ago, when the building works were in their final stages. To see it now, such a busy, thriving facility serving at the heart of its community; truly gladdens the heart and we were all thrilled to be able to play just a small part in making this the world leading hospital which it is today.
This is a proud day for our football club as we celebrate the achievement of our staff and our fans in helping to fund this wonderful play area
"It is very clear to see how the creation of this facility can benefit the young inpatients and their families and we hope it will continue to be of service to them for a great many years to come.”
The event also marked the launch of Manchester City’s nominated charities for the 2010/11 season as part of the CITC Giving scheme.
Earlier this summer, proactive local charities were invited to apply via the club’s website for a grant of up to £25,000 to fund a specific project that they believed would be of benefit to the community which they serve.
Our fans, staff and supporters of the individual charities were then invited to vote for the charity of their choice from a shortlist compiled by the MCFC Charities Committee.
The chosen charities are: The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity, St Ann’s Hospice, Guide Dogs for the Blind plus City in the Community, the club’s award winning community scheme. Each of the five charities will receive the grant for which they applied, along with profile-raising player appearances, signed merchandise and club media support.
CITC Giving is the new charitable-giving arm of the club’s CSR policy. The club will be fundraising for its Charities of the Year throughout the coming season, with a variety of events and activities to be announced in the coming weeks and months.
Fans and staff are also encouraged to hold their own events in support of the winning organisations, with the club providing support and publicity for these efforts through our own media channels.
Watch mcfc.co.uk all next week for exclusive video content detailing this year’s charities.