Emilia Fox with Beauty

The Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital Charity is to receive £171,000 from the first ever ITV Text Santa appeal, which raised more than £4million for charities across the UK.

The money raised has already made a huge difference at Christmas in the Children’s Hospital for Wales, and will continue to benefit children in Wales for years to come.

With a pre-Christmas donation from Text Santa, the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital Charity organised a special seasonal Beauty and the Beast pantomime to give the patients and staff at the Children’s Hospital for Wales an early Christmas treat.

It was a particularly special day for Emilia Fox, four, from Barry who met up with Beauty following the show. The pair were soon inseparable and are now ‘the bestest of friends!’ Those children who were too unwell to watch the show received a special visit to their bedside from the cast after the show.

The remainder of the donation will be split evenly between our campaigns to fund a hydrotherapy pool and equip a new critical care unit in Phase Two of the Children’s Hospital for Wales. Both are incredibly important and will have a huge impact on the children who need specialist treatment for years to come. The hydrotherapy pool and the critical care unit are two projects to be funded by the our £7million commitment for Phase Two.

Lyn Jones, Chairman of the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital Charity said; ‘The Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital Charity was thrilled to be chosen as a charity to benefit from Text Santa. It was a very important appeal for us that has raised a fantastic amount towards our fundraising efforts.

As a Welsh based charity, having the opportunity for UK wide exposure is very rare and we are most grateful for the chance to be seen by new and wider audiences.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported Text Santa and who in turn have made a significant difference to the lives of many sick children throughout Wales.’

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