Ted Robbins to host charity ball in aid of hospital which saved his life
Phoenix Nights star Ted Robbins will host a ball to celebrate the hospital unit that saved his life after he suffered a heart attack on stage.
The comedian will bring the laughs to Emirates Old Trafford, Lancashire County Cricket Club, in thanks for his treatment at Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester.
Robbins, 60, was performing at the opening night of Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights at the Manchester Evening News Arena in January when he collapsed and was rushed to the hospital's cardiothoracic critical care unit.
He said: "Wythenshawe is a hospital that's close to my heart, both literally and metaphorically!
"The team on the cardiothoracic unit is absolutely fantastic and everyone I came into contact with during my stay at the hospital and my subsequent visits, has been brilliant."
The Merseysider returned to the hospital in August to say an emotional thank you to the nurses and doctors who helped him and is hosting the ball on Friday October 2 as part of his ongoing support for the hospital.
He added: "The ball is a great opportunity to get everyone together in one room and take some time to put the spotlight back on this amazing team and celebrate the work they do as a whole.
"This is a unit which has inspired countless other patients, and they will also be sharing their stories about how the team at Wythenshawe has touched their lives.
"We're looking forward to having a great night, I'd encourage anyone who wants to get involved and support this brilliant unit to book a ticket or a table and come and enjoy a brilliant time."
The Royle Family and Mrs Merton star Caroline Aherne will also be a special guest at the night which includes a drinks reception, three course dinner, dancing and entertainment.
Funds raised on the night will go towards the further development of the unit's ECMO (extra corporeal membrane oxygenation) service which offers a lifeline to patients with extremely serious heart or lung conditions who are so ill that other intensive care units are no longer able to treat them.