Superhero support for Rainbows youngsters

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Superheroes and celebrities paid a special visit to wow youngsters with life-limiting conditions at Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People.

Spiderman and Captain America were among a clutch of TV and film celebrities paying a surprise visit to the Loughborough-based hospice in the run up to the town’s first Comic-Con event on Sunday (22 Oct).

The event – a celebration of comic book and fantasy heroes – included actress and popstar Hannah Spearritt (S Club 7 and Primeval), who led a contingent of actors who have appeared in blockbusters such as Doctor Who and Game of Thrones.

After visiting Rainbows, Ms Spearritt said: “It was an absolute pleasure. The work Rainbows does is incredible and inspirational beyond words.”

Comic-Con took place at the Loughborough Leisure Centre, attracting young and old with its celebration of superheroes, with organisers pledging their support to Rainbows following their visit to the hospice through a series of collections during the event.

Event organiser, Paul Waidley, said: “Loughborough has proven an amazing place. Our visit to Rainbows was an incredible start – absolutely magical. And the Comic-Con event was well-supported. We’ve had a great time and look forward to a return visit soon.”

Photo caption: Celebrity contingent (l-r back) Captain America, Hannah Spearritt, Ross Mullan (White Walker, Game of Thrones), Spiderman. Front (l-r) Kerry Ingram (Shireen, GoT) and Aimee Richardson (Myrcella, GoT).