Last week Manchester City painted the city centre blue when thousands of fans turned out to celebrate both the men’s and women’s teams as they embarked on their champions parade.
Nick Cushing’s Double Cup winners led the way with Pep Guardiola’s “Fourmidables” following in quick succession, as they journeyed from the Town Hall to Manchester Cathedral.
Amongst the thousands of fans that lined the streets there were two special guests from the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, who were invited to take part in the parade.
Pixie-Belle aged 6 and Charlie aged 7, were welcomed onto one of the open top buses with goody bags and matching Manchester City “Champions 19” shirts.
They were delighted to see their footballing heroes, with Charlie making sure to tick off each player from a pre-prepared list.
Pixie waved so much at the sea of fans below that by the time the bus reached the main stage both of her arms were “too tired to move!”
Angela Rowe, Senior Community Fundraising Manager at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “The parade was something that will really stick in our families’ minds for many years to come. It was incredibly exciting, and I know patients Charlie and Pixie-Belle really enjoyed themselves.
It was wonderful the club were able to make the children feel extra special – they loved being treated like VIPs for the afternoon, waving at all the crowd.”
The involvement of Pixie and Charlie in the parade forms part of the Club’s long-standing relationship with the children’s hospital. Earlier this season, patients were visited by both the men’s and women’s players for the annual Christmas visits and seven brave youngsters were invited to take part in the official team photographs.
To find out more about supporting Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity visit rmchcharity.org.uk