Celebrities bring smiles during 15th Annual Celebrity Ward Walk

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More than 20 of Ireland’s leading comedians, singers, actors, models, broadcasters, musicians, and sporting personalities took time out of their busy schedules today to take part in the 15th annual ‘Celebrity Ward Walk’ bringing bright smiles to the children around the wards of Children’s Health Ireland (CHI) at Crumlin. The excitement was palpable on the wards as well-known celebrities paced the Christmassy corridors.

Ward Walk 2019

The celebrities spent time talking to the children and their families and joined in carol singing with the hospital’s Staff Choir. Stars who took part in the event included; Brendan and Jenny O'Carroll, Danny O’Carroll, Paddy Houlihan, Fiona O’Carroll, Keith Walsh, Bláthnaid Treacy, Rosie Connolly-Quinn, Doc, Peter Devlin, Lorraine Keane, Mary Byrne, Holly Carpenter, Orlaith Carmody, Gavin Duffy, The Two Johnnies, Steve Spade, Eoghan McDermott, Shane Byrne, Stephen O’Halloran, Chelsea Farrell, Emily Barker, Johnny Ward, Rodrigo Ternevoy, Wes Kelly (FC), Dave Kelly, Karl Bowe, Eoin Quinn, Dave O’Sullivan.

Speaking at the event, Valerie Keating, GK Events said, "Christmas is such a difficult time for children and their parents to be in hospital. This day is about showing them we care and that they are not alone. A massive thanks to all the celebrities who give their time so willingly to this special day.”

Tracey Wall, Director of Nursing, CHI at Crumlin said, “It is just wonderful to see our patients’ faces light up when the Celebs enter their wards. Apart from Santa’s special visit this is one of our most exciting Christmas events, which we look forward to in December. We are very grateful to Valerie and Gary Keating for organising this event and for their continuous support to the children and families attending the hospital.

“Although we try to get as many children as we can home for Christmas, around 100 very ill children will spend Christmas Day in the hospital. Having a child with a serious illness puts a lot of strain on families, so we really try to ensure that each child who spends Christmas Day in hospital has a magical experience,” she continued. 

Approximately 11,000 children are expected to visit CHI at Crumlin during December and we wish all our children teenagers and families a peaceful Christmas. The staff in the hospital are amazing, working around the clock to make sure the children have as good a Christmas as possible. CMRF Crumlin are doing whatever it takes to change the record on childhood illness and we need public support to achieve this by giving whatever they can on cmrf.org.