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Top Gear presenter unveils children's emergency dept

Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond and his wife Mindy have unveiled a revamped emergency department at Birmingham Children's Hospital.

Richard Hammond with 16 year-old patient Zenia Hussain Credit: ITV News Central

The work cost £800,000 and included improvements to the entrance and waiting area, which is used by 50,000 people a year.

The Top Gear presenter unveiled the new emergency department today Credit: ITV News Central

Richard Hammond opens children's emergency department

Richard Hammond is opening the new emergency department today Credit: Allan James Lipp/Sports Inc/Press Association Images

Richard Hammond and his wife Mindy are opening Birmingham Children's Hospital's revamped emergency department today. The work on the department has cost £800,000 and includes improvements to the entrance and waiting area, which is used by around 50,000 people a year.

Kingsland Road to donate all gig profits to hospital

Boyband Kingsland Road will donate all profits from tonight's gig in Liverpool to charity after a hoax eBay bidder sabotaged their charity auction, it has been announced.

The band had wanted to sell one of the audition guitars used on TV talent show X Factor to raise cash for charity.

But the bidding war was won by a scammer who placed a bid of £7,900 - despite having no intention of coughing up.

Kingsland Road have launched a JustGiving page for the cause Credit: ITV News Central

The band had been trying to help raise money towards Birmingham Children's Hospital's £4million appeal towards a new cancer care centre.

The band play Liverpool's PopWorld tonight, and have decided to personally donate their pay for the show to the cause.

They have also launched a JustGiving page so any fans who want to contribute anything more can do so.


Kingsland Road label cancer charity hoax 'cruel and sad'

Kingsland Road singer Matt Cahill has told ITV News Central of his anger after an online conman placed hoax bids in a charity auction for Birmingham Children's Hospital.

The X Factor band has strong Midland ties with Matt having lived in Birmingham, while Jay is from Wolverhampton, Connor is from Rugby, and Thompson is from Coventry.

Matt Cahill, in the 'Choose Life' T-shirt, has labelled the hoaxer "cruel and sad" Credit: ITV/The X Factor

He said the band members were now trying to work out what to do to help raise money for the hospital, which would have put the money towards a £4million new cancer care centre.

Speaking to ITV News Central today, he said:

It's just disheartening that someone could be so cruel - it's for somewhere that treats young children with cancer.

We saw how high the bids had got, and then it turned out that it was one guy bidding against himself and it was all just a hoax.

For someone to do that, to spend their day like that, is so cruel and so sad. I can't really understand it.

With a few of us from the Midlands, we have always been aware of the hospital and then we visited earlier this year, and it was great.

We just wanted to do something nice - the staff were run off their feet but so lovely.

We really felt like we should do something to try to help out a bit.

Hospital bosses 'devastated' by charity auction hoax

Bosses at Birmingham Children's Hospital say they are "devastated" by news that a whopping £8,000 charity bid was nothing more than a cruel hoax.

X Factor hopefuls Kingsland Road put one of their audition guitars up for sale on eBay, attracting a winning bid of £7,900.

But the high bid has come to nothing after it emerged that the winning bidder was an online prankster.

Birmingham Children's Hospital say they are devastated by the loss of charity cash Credit: David Jones/PA

The money would have gone towards Birmingham Children's Hospital's appeal to raise £4million towards a new cancer care centre - and staff say the news has been a blow.

Vikki Savery, the hospital's public fundraising manager, said:

We’re absolutely devastated to hear about this hoax bidder and can’t believe that someone could be so cruel.

Since they visited our cancer ward, Josh, Jay, Connor, Thompson and Matt have been so determined to raise as much money as possible to enable us to have a brand new cancer centre.

We are over half way towards that goal, and the money that the lads had thought they’d raised was going to help us to get even closer to making our dreams a reality and to give our very poorly patients and their families the best possible environment, while going through such difficult times.

There is still some way to go with our appeal but every little bit helps, which is why this news has been so devastating to us.

Kingsland Road charity auction hijacked by hoaxers

An online auction by X Factor hopefuls Kingsland Road to raise cash for Birmingham Children's Hospital has been hijacked by hoaxers, it emerged today.

The band put one of their audition guitars used on the TV talent show up for grabs on eBay, and attracted a winning bid of £7,900.

Kingsland Road had been keen to raise cash for the appeal Credit: Ian West/PA

But it has now emerged that the top two bidders, who drove the price up into the thousands, were the same person - and they have no intention of shelling out the amount.

Hospital staff have said they are "devastated" by the news.

The money was earmarked to go towards the hospital's £4million new cancer centre appeal.

Teams aim to smash roller hockey world record

The two teams want to play roller hockey for 48 hours Credit: Duncan Raban/EMPICS Entertainment

Two teams are attempting to set a new Guinness World Record for the longest roller-hockey match. The current record is around 25 hours, but the Newport Knights and Happy Chappies are aiming for 35 hours but want to keep going for 48 hours.

The old record was 25 hours but it was broken last weekend by a team from Hampshire. The organiser of the event, Jamie Payne said: "they stole our idea and set a new record at thirty hours, so we are determined to break it again as a bit of revenge!"

They teams are trying to raise £3,000 for Birmingham Children's Hospital.

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