Nostalgia: The Kids is alright

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IT is a city institution held in high regard by anyone who has ever had to attend.

And the appreciation for the thousands of heroes who pass through the doors of the Sick Kids Hospital every year is being shown in the inaugural Sick Kids Heroes awards.

Police in training for marching a llama to the top of Ben Nevis to raise money for the Sick Kids appeal. Picture: Jack Crombie

Police in training for marching a llama to the top of Ben Nevis to raise money for the Sick Kids appeal. Picture: Jack Crombie

We revealed earlier this week that 16 community heroes will be vying for recognition from a shortlist that has been praised as an exceptional field.

The six-person judging panel that includes Taggart and Holby City actress Siobhan Redmond revealed the contenders for the Sick Kids Heroes awards across four categories.

For decades, Edinburgh residents have been giving their time and money generously to give something back to the hospital and raise as much money as possible.

They have carried out a number of weird and wacky activities to encourage people to dig deep.

Perhaps one of the most unusual fundraising drives involved five llamas and five police officers back in March 1992.

Along with presenter Muriel Gray, they came up with the idea of marching to the top of Ben Nevis in a bid to raise £20,000.

Celebrities have also thrown their weight behind the hospital over the years, often dropping in to speak to the children and lift their spirits.

Just before the Christmas of 1973, actor and singer Michael Crawford – aka Frank Spencer – handed out gifts donated to the Evening News/Odeon Christmas Appeal at the hospital.

And Scottish entertainer Isla St Clair – star of BBC’s Generation Game – spread some festive cheer in 1978 when she met some staff and patients at the hospital and handed out presents.

But one of the most exciting visitors for children in the hospital – especially 10-year-old Krisha Jacobs – must have been the giant Cabbage Patch Doll who dropped in to say hello in October 1985.

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