KIDS IN GREAT HANDS

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HOME and Away star Emily Sy­mons was one of the lucky kids — she only has good mem­o­ries of The Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal in her home town. “My mother trained at the chil­dren’s hos­pi­tal (in Syd­ney), and I have very fond mem­o­ries as a child of go­ing to visit her, and play­ing in the­atres — not while they were in op­er­a­tion of course — and I know my mother loved it,” she says. “So I know that the amaz­ing nurses and doc­tors who work in chil­dren’s hos­pi­tals are just the most won­der­ful peo­ple on earth.” Sy­mons, who now has a two-year-old son, looks for­ward to be­ing in Mel­bourne to help raise funds as part of the The Good Fri­day Ap­peal on Seven. She joins hosts An­drew O’Keefe, Melissa Doyle, Pe­ter Mitchell and David Koch, as well as many more stars of Home and Away, Sun­rise, House Rules and Yummy Mum­mies. “I think I first came in 1990,” she says. “It’s lovely. Ob­vi­ously I haven’t been able to come for the past cou­ple of years due to be­ing preg­nant, and hav­ing my son, so Henry’s at an age when I can leave him and I’m com­ing.” First-time par­ent Sy­mons hasn’t had to call on the ser­vices of the The Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal yet, but she knows that when she does, her boy will be in safe hands. “We’re over­due for a bro­ken limb or some­thing ter­ri­ble,” she says. “But I have enor­mous re­spect and time for these won­der­ful an­gels, the com­pas­sion they deal out ev­ery day.”

WATCH Royal Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal Good Fri­day Ap­peal, Chan­nel 7, Fri­day from 9am

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