Thursday 27th August, 2015
TV Comedian Ted Robbins donates specially painted portrait to UHSM to say thanks for the care he received
TV comedian and actor Ted Robbins and his sister, artist Jane Robbins have gifted University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust (UHSM) a specially painted portrait of the actor to say thank you for the treatment, care and support he received earlier this year.
Robbins collapsed on stage during the opening night of Peter Kay’s Phoenix Night’s Live show for Comic Relief at Manchester Arena earlier this year and was taken to UHSM where he underwent extensive heart surgery and spent a lengthy recovery on the Cardiothoracic Critical Care Unit (CTCCU) and Coronary Care Unit (CCU) at UHSM’s Wythenshawe Hospital.
Speaking of his time at the hospital, Ted said, “Once at Wythenshawe Hospital I received the most amazing treatment. Where do I begin to list the number of incredible experts that helped me? The nurses, consultants, doctors, porters and physios and not forgetting the kind souls that took me to the shower amongst but a few. My handing over of this portrait is in some small way a token of my gratitude for all at Wythenshawe Hospital.”
On August 11th, Ted celebrated his 60th birthday, a poignant milestone for the actor. His sister Jane, a nationally acclaimed sculptor and artist painted a portrait for him as a special gift, however after discussing among the family the siblings decided that UHSM would be the perfect place for the portrait to hang as a thank you to the doctors, surgeons and nurses for their support and care during his recovery.
Speaking of the portrait, Jane said, “When Ted was taken ill the family all rallied around him (like big families do!) We were all so happy and grateful for the speedy and professional medical care he received at Wythenshawe Hospital. So when Ted’s birthday came around a few weeks ago, I tried hard to think of a present that would show how much he meant to me as my brave big bro who’d been through so much. I wanted to create a painting that celebrated his new found vitality, health and jawline! He says I’ve been very flattering to him…. Maybe…. But he deserves a bit of flattery!”
Jan Owen, Fundraising and Donations Manager at UHSM, said; “Huge thanks to Ted and Jane for this wonderful donation. It’s great to see Ted looking so well and we’re delighted he chose to give this painting to the team at UHSM, it’s a lovely gesture and we continue to wish him well.”
The Cardiothoracic Department at UHSM is one of the biggest in the country and one of only two centres to provide heart and lung surgery, heart and lung transplantation and respiratory ECMO (extra corporeal membrane oxygenation) under one roof.
It was recently announced by the ITV press office that Ted would be the latest star to be hitting the cobbles of Coronation Street, airing later this year. He is currently filming and will appear as character Brendan as the on-screen love interest of popular character Mary Taylor (played by Patti Clare).
UHSM is a major University Teaching Hospital providing many specialist services for patients across Greater Manchester and beyond. Our unique portfolio of specialist services includes heart, lung, vascular, breast cancer, burns, and plastic surgery.