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. Andy also wears our Humphrey Bear logo on his race suit - look out for it when he zooms past!
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. He recently acted as auctioneer at our Sparkle in the City event and visited the hospital at Christmas.
Hollyoaks actor Ashley Taylor Dawson has been a patron of the Charity for many years. In summer 2019, he took part in Humphrey's Heroes Abseil and abseiled down 19 floors of the Crowne Plaza Hotel (now Hyatt Regency). He was cheered on by two of his sons.
Coronation Street actress Brooke is best known for playing Manchester favourite, Sophie Webster. Brooke has been involved in the Charity for many years. In December, her company Oh So B kindly donated stationery to our Sparkle in the City event. Brooke puts a smile on everyone’s faces every time she visits.
Manchester-born Cole is a vocalist who has performed in venues across the UK and Europe. Most notable on his list is when he performed for President Bill Clinton. Cole has been a supporter of the Charity for a number of years and many of our Sparkle in the City attendees while recognise him from his wonderful performances at the event.
Faye has recently talked about her connection with the children's hospital on Dancing on Ice and has told how her brother was treated for leukaemia by our wonderful teams. She has been a passionate supporter of Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity for a number of years, having seen for herself what amazing work the hospital does. Faye is pictured here at our Christmas Carols in the City concert back in 2016 where she did a beautiful reading for us at Manchester Cathedral. In 2020 she once again did a reading for us, this time in a virtual version of the event. We love having Faye supporting our Charity and look forward to seeing her at more events in future.
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.
Actor and writer Ian took part in Humphrey's Heroes Abseil in summer 2019 (dressed as Spiderman!) and also recently visited patients at Christmas time. Ian is a loyal supporter of our Charity and is always full of fun when he visits the hospital.
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. Jason took the plunge in Salford Quays docks in the Great Manchester Swim and has also completed the Great Manchester Run in our honour. More recently, he visited the children at Christmas to hand out gifts.
Jennie supports both Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity and our sister organisation Saint Mary's Hospital Charity. The Coronation Street star loves to visit children on the wards and recently met some of our patients at Christmas.
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 us on two occasions.
John has supported the hospital since the beginning, narrating our original Charity video and more recently our 10th Birthday video. A keen cook, John has participated in two of our Celebrity Grilling events, hosted last year's Carols in the City event and regularly visits the hospital during the festive period to hand out presents to our patients.
Actress Kym has been a supporter of the Charity for a number of years. She has previously been a speaker at our Carols in the City concert and is popular with our patients and families.
Max and Harvey
YouTubers, singers and TV presenters Max and Harvey Mills have been visitors to the hospital for a number of years and recently made their relationship official by becoming patrons. When they visit, they often sing songs with patients and spend lots of time chatting to their fans.
Mike Toolan, a presenter on Hits Radio, has been an avid supporter for a number of years. He has hosted our Christmas Carols in the City concert and attended multiple events. But of course his favourite part of being a patron is meeting our inspiring patients and families.
Olivia is a children's TV presenter on Channel 5's Milkshake! programme. In 2019 and 2020 she supported our Teddy Toddle events and also took part in Humphrey's Lantern Walk. She is full of smiles when she meets the children, both at the hospital and at our fundraising events.
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.
Samia has run the Great Manchester Run for us and has been a supporter of Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity for a number of years. She also likes to visit the hospital when her busy schedule allows.
Simon, better known as Coronation Street's Steve McDonald, is a relatively new patron and we're very happy to welcome him to our Charity family. At Christmas he hosted our Sparkle in the City event and also visited our wards to hand our presents. We look forward to welcoming to more events in the future.
Coronation Street actress Tina O'Brien has been a supporter of the Charity for a number of years. Most recently, she took part in Humphrey's Heroes Abseil in summer 2019 with her husband Adam Crofts. She is very popular with children and families when she visits the hospital.