Theo Paphitis Meets Young Patients

01 February 2019

Bright smiles and friendly faces greeted Theo Paphitis when he visited patients at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

The retail entrepreneur and former Dragons’ Den star came to see young patients and staff on Ward 78 at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital – the neurosurgery, neurology, orthopaedics, spine and ENT ward.

Youngsters and their families were delighted to meet Theo and chat with him, while for the entrepreneur it was a chance to see the impact his support has had on the ward.

Theo Paphitis said: “To see the teams in action at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital and the impact they have on the patients and their families was truly inspirational. I take my hat off to them and how hard they work.

“It was also a chance to see first-hand the difference the Many Hands campaign has made over the years and I encourage any local business to give something back and raise money to make lives better through the great work of the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.”

Theo has been a keen and avid supporter of the hospital for more than a decade. Since its inception in 2008, he has been a judge with Many Hands – a charity initiative which asked small and medium-sized businesses to sign up to raise £1,000 for Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity. Last year’s winners were We Are Gntlmen who designed and manufactured a new shirt, with 100% of the proceeds going to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity. Over the years, Many Hands has raised more than £300,000 for the charity.

After chatting with patients, Theo was shown the Mini C-Arm, which Many Hands 2017 helped fund. The equipment scans a specific body area, usually the upper body, while allowing clinicians to view the results in real time on a monitor during surgery.

Sarah Naismith, Director of Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “We are incredibly grateful for Theo’s support over the years. It’s been such a delight to have his support once again - the impact of which has been felt across the hospital.

“We would like to thank him for all his incredible hard work over the years and extend that thanks to everyone who took part in Many Hands.”

The support of Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity means the hospital can provide additional resources that make life easier for patients and their families who use the hospital.