Catherine Zeta Jones was joined by husband Michael Douglas as they appealed for donations for the Noah’s Ark charity to help boost the fund raising efforts of the Children’s Hospital for Wales, in Cardiff.
The couple revisited the hospital four years after they officially opened it in 2006 and five years after they donated a five-figure sum to the charity, although the charity itself has now been running for 10 years.
They spent an hour chatting with children and their families in a play room where she told Liam Barker, who broke his leg, and nine-year-old Sean Kelly, who had an operation on a sceptic arthritic hip, that they looked “very handsome”.
Catherine Zeta Jones, 40, said: “It really is an honour for me to come back when it’s running. The next big appeal is to get the next phase completed. It sounds a lot of money in this economic climate, but it’s a £7 million commitment to have it completed and the facilities that our children in Wales need. I am so proud of all the staff and doctors who have worked so hard.” The actress empathised with parents of the young patients by talking of the anguish she has experienced when her own children have been ill.
Michael Douglas, 65, spoke of how impressed he was by the donations from the Welsh and the legacy they would be leaving for the next generation.
The Noah’s Ark charity has committed to raising £7m to support equipment, including an MRI scanner and vital equipment for the new intensive care unit. The charity needs to raise a further £7m to build an intensive care unit, operating theatres and wards, with equipment to support it such as an MRI scanner.
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