Born in Manchester, Andy started his career in Formula Ford successfully moving up through the motorsport ranks and has raced in some of the world's most competitive and renowned championships. He has now pledged his support to the charity by becoming an official patron, taking time out of his racing schedule to visit the hospital, and most recently took part in the Great Manchester Run in support of the charity.
Antony Cotton, best known for playing Sean Tully in Coronation Street, has been a patron of the hospital since the start. Antony regularly visits the hospital to meet patients and has also taken part in the Great Manchester Run a number of times for the Charity. Recently he also opened our newly enhanced Radiology unit.
Hollyoaks actor, Ashley Taylor Dawson has been a patron of the Charity for many years and was most recently the face of our 2014 Be Seen in Green Day. The 2013 Strictly Come Dancing quarter-finalist has also taken part in all three of our Celebrity Grilling events.
Coronation Street actress Brooke is best known for playing Manchester favourite, Sophie Webster. Brooke has been involved in the Charity for many years, most recently turning on the hospital’s Christmas lights and taking part in the Moon Rise Run. Brooke puts a smile on everyone’s faces every time she visits.
Bury-born actress, Gemma, is a long-term supporter of the Charity. She is keen lover of sport having taken on the Great Manchester Run for the Charity as well as pedalling her way to the finish line at the Great Manchester Cycle. The Emmerdale and former Hollyoaks star enjoys nothing more than visiting our patients when she can.
Salford-born actor Jason is another of our long term supporters. Famed for his role as teacher Tom Clarkson in Waterloo Road, Jason loves nothing more than getting involved in our sporting events. Last year Jason took the plunge in Salford Quays docks in the Great Manchester Swim! He has also taken on the challenge of more than one Great Manchester Run and fronted our Wear What You Want Day.
Emmerdale Actor Joe Gill is a dedicated patron of Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity and has enjoyed taking part in various fundraising events for us, including our Christmas Carols in the City Concert, visiting the hospital during the festive period to hand out presents to our patients and running the Great Manchester Run for the past two years.
John has supported the hospital since the beginning, narrating our original charity video. A keen cook, John has participated in two of our Celebrity Grilling events and regularly visits the hospital during the festive period to hand out presents to our patients.
Phil & Julie Neville
Former Manchester United and Everton footballer Phil, and business woman wife Julie, are long term supporters of the hospital. They became patrons of the charity following the premature birth of their daughter Isabella in 2004, who continues to receive treatment for Cerebral Palsy at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity. Phil and Julie are tireless supporters of the hospital and have even organised their own events, including Kids Love Fashion and Kids Love Football.
Snooker star Shaun first became involved with the Charity after a young relative was treated at the hospital. ‘The Magician’ - as he is known to his fans - donates £100 every time he makes a break of 100 or more in a competitive match. Shaun also enjoys taking part in the Great Manchester Run for us when his busy schedule permits.