Brave youngster is the face of fundraising advert

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Pint-sized super star Megan Fish has been getting the red carpet treatment after landing the key role in a new film.

Although she won’t be heading to Hollywood anytime soon, the young ambassador for Alder Hey Children’s Charity hit the big time when she was selected to play the central part in a short film being shown in cinemas across the region.

Megan Fish

Megan Fish

The film has been made as part of the second phase of a £30m appeal for Alder Hey as it gets ready to open a new world class hospital in Liverpool next year.

Four-year-old Megan from Leyland, who was born with a congenital heart defect, treated her classmates at Leyland Methodist Infant School to a sneak preview in assembly.

The plucky youngster has undergone major heart bypass surgery and a host of other treatments since she was born at the Royal Preston Hospital.

Megan’s mum Fiona, said: “Megan is really excited about appearing in Alder Hey’s new film, especially when it was shown to her little friends in assembly.

“She has been a regular visitor to Alder Hey since she was born at the RPH and transferred when she was just days old.”

As well as heart surgery, Megan has also been treated for a series of mini strokes she suffered in 2011 due to a blood clot.

Fiona, who lives in Cranford Avenue, added: “Despite all that she has been through, Megan is a happy little girl who is full of fun and we are so grateful for the care and kindness we have received from everyone at Alder Hey.

“Whilst we are unlucky that this has all happened, we feel lucky that Megan has been treated at Alder Hey and we are keen to do anything we can to support the charity appeal.

“Megan can’t stop watching the film on my phone, next stop Hollywood!”

Money donated to the appeal will be used to provide cutting edge life-saving medical equipment, arts and play activities and funding for vital research.

Michael Brown, chairman of Alder Hey Charity said: “Our appeal is raising money to ensure we can provide a truly remarkable, world class facility that children and young people across the North West region deserve. The NHS can afford to build the hospital but the charitable appeal allows Alder Hey to incorporate a higher specification of equipment and add in art and play. In short it will transform a national children’s hospital into a unique international children’s centre that is kitted out with the very best.

“With the help of donations, our new hospital will bring together excellent care, technology and design to provide the best possible healing environment for children and their families. Please do something remarkable and donate to Alder Hey Children’s Charity.

Every penny raised will really make the difference to the lives of children in Alder Hey now and in the future.”