Cliviger star of ‘Hollyoaks’ visits sick children

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A STAR lit up Christmas for brave young patients on a specialist hospital ward for children.

Miles Higson, who features in hit TV drama Hollyoaks, visited poorly children spending the festive period in the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

The Cliviger teenager, who stars as Seth in the Channel 4 show, spoke to the youngsters and their families.

After hearing about the difference toys and technology can make to the lives of the young patients, Miles went straight out and bought an iPad for the ward.

Miles said: “I had a brilliant time meeting the children and their families – the patients are remarkable and so inspiring. When I heard how an iPad could help a child, I knew I wanted to do something to help - so I decided to put my money where my mouth is and went straight to the shop to buy an iPad and I also signed up for the 2012 Great Manchester Run.”

iPads can be used to help to distract patients whilst they are undergoing tests and procedures and can also help when familiarising patients with medical equipment and hospital environment. They can also be used by play specialists at the hospital to psychologically prepare children for treatments.

Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity is raising money to ensure continued excellence in treatment, care and research at the hospital – improving the lives of thousands of children each year across the North-West and beyond.

The support of the Charity means that the hospital can provide additional resources that make life easier for patients and their families who use the hospital.

For more information about Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity please visit http://www.rmchcharity.org.uk