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Festive ad star lights up Glasgow children’s hospital

Tuesday, 03 December 2019

A GROUP of young former hospital patients helped the star of one of the year’s most anticipated festive adverts light up the Royal Hospital for Children at its annual Christmas light switch-on.

Ruby Dailly, who stars alongside an excitable young dragon called Edgar in this year’s John Lewis and Waitrose joint Christmas advert, did the honours – officially declaring the start of the festive period at the hospital with a magical display enjoyed by young patients, their families, staff and volunteers.

The 10-year-old actress from Neilston was assisted by former patients of the three greater Glasgow hospitals. James Proudfoot (12) from Greenock, Olive Marshall-Reilly (6) from Thornliebank and Clara Healy (2) from Cumbernauld, were born and cared for at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, Royal Hospital for Children and Princess Royal Maternity Hospital, respectively.

Ruby Dailly, the young star of this year’s John Lewis and Waitrose Christmas advert, said: “It’s been so much fun to switch the Christmas lights on at the Royal Hospital for Children along with James, Olive and Clara. I’m lucky enough to have never needed lots of hospital treatment, but we have family friends who have been looked after at the hospital when it was Yorkhill. I feel very lucky to be part of today’s special event and to help to officially start Christmas at the hospital.”

Janis Marshall-Reilly, mother of six-year-old Olive, said: “Olive, myself and her dad received such wonderful care when, at ten days old, she was admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit and special care baby unit with breathing difficulties – and the follow-up support I received from the Neonatal Clinical Psychologist, Dr Joan Burns, was vital and exceptional.

“We are great supporters of the hospital and Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity – so it was an absolute pleasure to be invited to take part in the Christmas lights switch on. We have all been very excited about it – in fact, my parents travelled from Cowal to be here for it.”

Shona Cardle, Chief Executive of Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “It was a pleasure to welcome Ruby to the hospital today. We cannot thank her and her family enough for taking the time to join us for our Christmas lights switch on. We would also like to thank John Lewis and Waitrose, who very generously donated gifts to make today’s event even more special.

“So many of our young patients and families will spend the Christmas period in hospital, so creating a festive atmosphere is so important. Other children have the chance to put up their decorations at home and at school – so giving some of our young patients the chance to enjoy festivities like this within the hospital is very special.”

For more information on Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity, visit www.glasgowchildrenshospitalcharity.org, email info@glasgowchildrenshospitalcharity.org or call 0141 212 8750.

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About Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity

Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity supports the 173,000 babies, children and young people treated each year at Glasgow’s Royal Hospital for Children.

The charity raises funds to  ensure that patients and their families receive the best possible care and experience in hospital – including enhanced medical equipment, innovative play programmes, family support services and ground breaking paediatric research.

For more information, visit www.glasgowchildrenshospitalcharity.org

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