Let the ‘Rain’, see the ‘bows’!

Television presenter, actor, comedian and all round nice guy, Paddy McGuinness, paid a surprise visit to Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People. 

Best known for his one-liners as host of ITV1’s Saturday night dating show, Take Me Out, Paddy popped in to meet the children, young people, families and staff on Friday. The TV funny man, who also recently appeared in Coronation Street, took part in arts activities, signed autographs and happily posed for photos with everyone at the hospice. 

Rainbows is the East Midland’s only hospice for children and young people, providing care and support for those with life-limiting and terminal illnesses across the region. 

Paddy, who was in the East Midlands as part of his sold-out nationwide stand up tour, also brought an array of Halloween gifts for the children, including dressing up costumes and sweets. 

Nishil Saujani, Senior PR Officer at Rainbows, who invited Paddy to visit the hospice, said: “When Paddy said he wanted to pop by, our families were very excited. They love watching him on TV and couldn’t believe that he was coming in especially to meet them.” 

He continued: “He surprised us with bags of goodies, Halloween costumes and sweets for the kids and really went out of his way to talk to everyone. He took selfies with all the young people and went round meeting the staff and care team. Paddy had everyone here laughing and smiling.” 

Rainbows has a whole host of festive fundraising activities taking place this winter which you can get involved in - including Santa Runs, Carol Concerts, a Christmas Superdraw and this year’s Light up A Life celebrations. For more information or to get involved visit: www.rainbows.co.uk/christmas.