Lancashire youngster and comedian Jimmy Carr team up for Christmas appeal

FUN: Megan Fish, left with comedian Jimmy Carr
FUN: Megan Fish, left with comedian Jimmy Carr
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Six-year-old Megan Fish from Leyland has joined a host of celebrities in supporting Alder Hey Children’s Hospital this Christmas.

Following on from last year’s Christmas campaign of Alphabet Scarves which raised £650,000 for the charity, this year Matalan have been asking one very important question, are you a Beanie or a Bobble?

Megan Fish

Megan Fish

Megan, who was born with a congenital heart defect, is firmly in the Beanie corner and is showing her support for the campaign by wearing her new hat with pride.

Mum Fiona said: “As soon as she saw the hats she immediately had to have the beanie. I’m not sure why, but she is a very trendy girl.”

The Leyland Methodist Infant School pupil has been a regular visitor to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital since she was just days old.

She has had to have major heart surgery there and has also been treated for a series of mini strokes she suffered following a blood clot.

Megan was chosen to star in the campaign because she is a Young Ambassador for Alder Hey Children’s Charity and with the help of her family, has raised £30,000 for the brand new Alder Hey in the Park which opened in October.

During the shoot, Megan met Jimmy Carr who is also supporting the campaign, along with international celebrities including Britney Spears and the Minogue sisters.

Megan said: “I thought Jimmy Carr was really funny. I think they put a lot of work into those hats and hope they raise a lot of money for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital Charity to help children like me.”

The money raised by Beanie vs Bobble will go towards a new research, education and innovation centre.

Megan’s mum Fiona said: “Megan’s always very busy doing things to help with Alder Hey and we’re very proud to have raised so much money for the charity.

“It’s been hard work, but totally worthwhile.

“Without Alder Hey we wouldn’t have Megan.”