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CBBC’s presenter Katie Thistleton and her boyfriend Alex Harris, the Assistant Producer of CBeebies Radio, are all set to support children’s charity MedEquip4Kids by taking part in the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge on Saturday 10th September.
Tameside born Katie is a regular supporter of the charity and a big fan of the work they do to improve children’s healthcare by providing lifesaving paediatric medical equipment, play facilities in hospitals, specialised equipment for disabled children, and resources to improve children’s mental health.

In particular Katie is really passionate about raising mental health awareness, particularly children’s mental health. She has personal experience of mental health issues through meeting a lot of young people in her job, particularly young girls who follow her online and chat to her in the street.

“I’m keen to be a good role model and support anything which improves the emotional wellbeing of young people.  I am currently writing an advice book for young people which will be published next September (2017) and I am due to cover for Gemma Cairney presenting the Surgery on BBC Radio 1 – Radio 1’s advice show which often talks about subjects related to mental health – my first show is Wednesday 15th June and the topic is friendship” explained  Katie.

When asked what she is looking forward to about the challenge, Katie replied “So many charity challenges involve a lot of running – which I’ve decided I’m not a big fan of! I love walking, especially when there are great views, and I think training for this challenge in the summer will be enjoyable. Also, it’s a great thing to do for your own health, as well as for the babies and children who will benefit from the specialised equipment and care provided by MedEquip4Kids”.

If you would like to join Katie on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge on Saturday 10th September,  please visit , e-mail  or call 0161 798 1600.

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“The new beds for parents have had such a positive impact on the wellbeing of our children knowing their parent or carer is close by. But also for the parent being able to sleep comfortably next to their child has made such a difference to how they have responded to staff during difficult times on the ward. The difference a good night’s sleep makes is priceless.”

Vicki Healey
Children’s Ward Manager
North Manchester General Hospital

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