The Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital sees 16,000 patients over the festive period

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This year, at least 200 families in Manchester will spend their Christmas away from home as they sit beside their youngest on the hospital wards, in A&E, or in the surgeons theatre. But they will not be alone. Paying a visit to these unwell children is a whole parade of Santa Clauses, professional footballers and magicians giving their time to bring some festive cheer to the patients, families and hard-working staff alike. Filmed in the run up to Christmas, these are heart-warming and heart-wrenching stories of hope and loss at a time of year when spirits are at their brightest.