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Our Christmas Day Superhero!

19 December

The secretary of Macmillan Caring Locally, the charity which supports our Macmillan Unit at Christchurch, has been named one of BBC Radio 2’s Christmas Day Superheroes.

Neal Williams gives up his time every year to support the White Christmas Dip fundraiser before helping the team at the Mac Unit.

He was nominated for the superhero accolade by Louise Pennington, our Palliative Care Matron, and was surprised with the news by Radio 2 presenter, Zoe Ball.

Speaking about Neal, Louise said: “I was driving home and hearing on the radio about Christmas Day heroes and immediately you sprung to my mind. You are definitely our Christmas Day hero.

“For the last 10 years you have been down at the beach with hundreds of people running into the sea to raise money for our very, very special charity and then the fact that you go straight from there and come to the unit and deliver presents is a really special thing.

“I just wanted to nominate you to say thank you because you are always there, always kind, humble and such a gentleman but such an important support to me personally and everybody here, so thank you ever so much.”

Mr Williams said he was “completely shocked” to be nominated and described the news as “just unbelievable”.

His prize includes meeting the Radio 2 breakfast show team, going for a special Christmas dinner at The Hospital Club and taking in a West End performance of the Lion King.

Zoe Ball added: “You and the team do such amazing work and we must thank Louise for nominating you and we so look forward to meeting you Neal.”

The White Christmas Dip raised more than £40,000 for the Mac Unit last year and the team is hoping to beat that this year.

“It is the most magical event on Christmas Day – it is brilliant,” said Neal.

Neal


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