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Brave Stechford twins switch on Christmas lights at Birmingham Children's Hospital

Press release   •   Dec 05, 2012 18:14 GMT

Dozens of young patients, their families and staff turned out this week, to see eight year old identical twins Ethan and Kai Thompson switch on the Christmas tree lights at Birmingham Children's Hospital. 

Ethan and Kai, who have successfully battled leukaemia, were joined by Kerrang Radio presenters Loz and Keith.  

The pair, who attend Corpus Christi school, helped Loz and Keith with the big countdown to switch on the dazzling lights on the 12ft tree - in the hospital's main Outpatients area. 

Ethan was diagnosed when he was just 19 months old and Kai when he was two and a half. 

Speaking about the Christmas tree lights switch on, mum Rachel from Stechford, said: "The twins were so excited to have been asked to switch on the lights at the hospital. They have spent so much of their time there - from a very early age - so this was a nice way for them to say a big thank you to all of the doctors and nurses that have helped them beat leukaemia."

Ethan and Kai were both given the all clear earlier this year. 

Louise McCathie, Head of Fundraising at Birmingham Children's Hospital, said:"Christmas is an exciting time of the year for our children, young people and their families. Many of our patients have to spend the Christmas period in hospital because they are too sick to be at home, so while they're here we try to make Christmas as special as possible. 

"Kai, Ethan, Loz and Keith were instrumental this year in putting smiles on so many faces and lighting up our main Outpatients area."

Keith, who co-presents the Breakfast show on Kerrang Radio - which is supporting the hospital with their Super Santa fundraiser - said: "Our station is proud to support the Hospital’s Super Santa Christmas fundraiser, so it was awesome to have been asked to also switch on their Christmas lights.”

Loz added:  “After talking about it on air for the past few weeks, I think we’ve become quite emotionally involved with the hospital.  It makes it all the more special to be able to come down and meet the kids, and see first-hand some of the great work that is done on the wards.”

Fire fighters and volunteers from local fire stations gave out hundreds of presents to children across the hospital. Others who attended were encouraged to be photographed in masks, as part of the hospital's big Christmas fundraiser 'Super Santa'. Since its launch in November, Super Santa has so far raised over £2,000

To find out how to be a Super Santa for sick children, visit

For more information about the hospital's Children's Cancer Centre Appeal visit, email info" or call the Fundraising Team on 0121 333 8506.






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