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Noah's Ark lunch for Charlotte Church's hospital work

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Charlotte Church says the children's hospital means even more to her now she is a mother herself

Charlotte Church has been given a tribute Sunday lunch as thanks for her "tireless" support over 10 years for the Children's Hospital for Wales.

The singer and chat show host is patron of the Noah's Ark Appeal, which has raised £10m towards the Cardiff unit.

Organisers said the Cardiff-born 24-year-old, now a mother-of-two, "was already a staunch supporter" when she attended the launch event in 2000.

It aims to raise another £7m for phase two of the hospital, to open in 2013.

Appeal chair Lyn Jones said: "Charlotte has been alongside us since the beginning of the appeal - you could say that we've grown up together.

Charlotte Church
Charlotte has helped us launch campaigns and done so much behind the scenes that the public have never seen
Lyn Jones, Noah's Ark Appeal

"Apart from the appearances and much acclaimed performances at our various gala balls, Charlotte has helped us launch campaigns and done so much behind the scenes that the public have never seen, from playing with children and meeting parents to having endless photos taken with some of our corporate champions.

She made a recent private visit to the paediatric intensive care unit at the University Hospital of Wales to meet staff and patients' families.

The singer and her partner, Ospreys and Wales rugby star Gavin Henson, have a girl, Ruby, aged two, and a one-year-old boy, Dexter.

She has backed the appeal's plan to raise £1.2m for equipment at a new critical care unit in phase two of the Children's Hospital for Wales.

The first phase of the children's hospital opened in February 2005 and included two 25-bed medical wards and one 16-bed paediatric cancer ward.

The planned second phase is to house an intensive care unit, operating theatres and surgical wards.

Church was guest speaker at the celebratory four-course lunch pre-St David's Day lunch at the Hilton Hotel, Cardiff.



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