Starlight Ward children starstruck by pop-fest
Children from the Starlight Ward at University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust (UHSM) were left starstruck after a pop music treat at the Manchester Arena arranged by The Co-operative and contractors CBES Ltd.
The children and their parents saw a host of acts including James Bay, Lawson, Stereokicks and Little Mix put on a dazzling display at the Key 103 Summer Live concert held in the city.
Colleagues from The Co-operative Estates Portfolios, Programmes and Projects Delivery team along with CBES Ltd and The Co-operative food store in Heaton Chapel – where CBES contractors will undertake a major makeover later this summer to transform the store for the community – provided 40 tickets to the hospital for the summer spectacular.
Jan Owen, Assistant Manager, Fundraising and Donations Department, UHSM, said:
“We would like to thank CBES Ltd and teams from The Co-operative food store in Heaton Chapel and The Co-operative Estates Portfolios, Programmes and Projects Delivery team for this wonderful opportunity to take a group of our patients from the Starlight Ward for such a special treat. The evening was a great success with everyone really enjoying themselves and on behalf of the children, their parents and UHSM I would like to thank everyone involved for their generosity.”
The Co-operative is a community retailer, committed to making a positive contribution in the communities in which its food stores trade.
Jason McEwen, The Co-operative Estate’s Head of Portfolios, Programmes and Projects Delivery (P3D), said:
”Being part of local communities as we roll out redevelopment programmes is core to our Purpose, it’s what makes The Co-op unique. I am extremely proud of the difference we are making and it’s fantastic to hear that everyone had a great time at the Summer Live event.”
Nicola Smith, Play Specialist at UHSM’s Starlight Ward, added:
“We are extremely grateful to CBES and The Co-operative for providing the tickets for the Key 103 concert. It was a great opportunity to be able to give our teenage patients a special treat. A fun night out can make a massive difference in between daily treatments, appointments and hospital stays. We all loved the music and we had a fantastic night - thank you so much!"
While Elle Lancashire, aged 15, concluded:
“I'm so thankful for this experience. It honestly put the biggest smile on my face when I got invited to join in. I got to see my favourite band, Stereokicks, live and it took my mind away from my next surgery date. Thank you for the most amazing night."
About University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust (UHSM):
UHSM is a major acute teaching hospital trust providing services for adults and children at Wythenshawe Hospital and Withington Community Hospital and Community Services. We are recognised as a centre of clinical excellence in a number of specialist areas and provide district general hospital services and specialist tertiary services to our local community.
About The Co-operative Group:
The Co-operative Group, one of the world’s largest consumer co-operatives, with interests across food, funerals, insurance, electrical and legal services, has a clear purpose of championing a better way of doing business for you and your communities. Owned by over 8 million members, The Co-operative Group operates a total of 3,750 outlets, with more than 70,000 employees and an annual turnover of approximately £10 billion.
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