MARCO Pierre White has paid a visit to Claire House Children’s Hospice’s new Liverpool site.
The chef and restaurateur, who has been a patron of the Wirral hospice since 2011, talked to staff at the West Derby location during his visit as well as meeting a Liverpool teenager who uses its services.
And he spent time looking around the new hospice, which offers day care services, counselling and complementary therapies on the site of a former monastery in Honey’s Green Lane.
Marco’s visit came the day after his Liverpool restaurant, Wheeler’s of St. James’s at Pullman Hotel, hosted a special fundraising dinner in aid of Claire House.
Guests at the event were treated to a three-course dinner at the waterfront venue, with the menu featuring a choice of delicious dishes including the restaurant’s signature dish Oyster Rockefeller.
Diners were met by a glass of Prosecco on arrival, and the event included a meet-and-greet with Marco, who also has a second restaurant in Liverpool, Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill in Chapel Street, and a signed copy of his cook book.
The children’s hospice was founded in Wirral in 1998, and helps seriously and terminally ill youngsters enjoy their lives by creating wonderful experiences and providing support to families.
Marco said: “Claire House is an extraordinary place, and over the years I have had the privilege to learn more about its wonderful work and meet many of its dedicated staff, along with some of the inspirational young people it has helped.
“It is always a humbling but uplifting experience, and I was very impressed to see the marvellous new hospice facility in West Derby which will further the brilliant work being done in Merseyside.”
During this latest visit, Marco met 14-year-old Little Mix fan Mia Brown and her mum Julie.
Mia, from Aintree, was born prematurely, and when she was five days old she had a brain haemorrhage which left her with a number of health problems. She has been coming to Claire House for respite for the past two years, and loves having sleepovers with her friends at the hospice.
Talking about meeting Marco, Mia’s mum Julie said: “It was lovely for Mia to meet Marco and for us to be able to show him around the new facilities at the Liverpool site. Mia currently visits the Claire House site in Wirral for overnight stays, respite care and for her teenage time. She will turn 15 in two weeks so this is her time to be with her friends and have sleepovers like any other teenager does.
“As a family, the new site is going to benefit us so much because it’s much closer to home and it’s also opposite Alder Hey, which means that if anything was to happen to Mia whilst she was in respite care, we know the nearest hospital is only over the road.”