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Jake Gyllenhaal And Tom Holland Visit Great Ormond Street Hospital

Claire Reid

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Jake Gyllenhaal And Tom Holland Visit Great Ormond Street Hospital

Proving that they're heroes off-screen as well as on it, Marvel stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Holland paid a visit to sick children at Great Ormond Street Hospital earlier this week. How nice is that?

The actors have been kept pretty busy lately promoting their new movie Spider-Man: Far from Home but managed to take a bit of time out to surprise some poorly kids at the London hospital.

Little Artie Vickerage, three, was one of the kids who met the stars.

He's at Great Ormond Street Hospital after being diagnosed with Burkitts Lymphoma three weeks ago.

Mum Gemma told LADbible: "I had been here with Artie for three weeks, and on Friday, I decided to venture out of the hospital for a short break, leaving my husband looking after Artie.

Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Holland visited sick children on Friday. Credit: Instagram/Gemma Vickerage
Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Holland visited sick children on Friday. Credit: Instagram/Gemma Vickerage

"Whilst I was out, my husband sent me a photo by text, and I had just missed the visitors of a lifetime, Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Holland."

She joked: "I pop out for one hour in three weeks and miss it! Just my luck!"

While brave Artie battles his illness, mum Gemma said meeting the stars had helped to brighten his day and Marvel fan Paul was even more excited to see them.

She added: "Artie is only three years old, so although a big Spider-Man fan, he didn't really understand how big these special visitors were, but Paul went all Marvel-geek. I think it cheered up his day a little, and after a tough few weeks, it was really appreciated.

"Artie enjoyed looking at the lights on Mysterios outfit and feeling the webs on Spider-Man's hands. It will be nice to keep this photo for when Artie is feeling better to show him."

Tom Holland and Jake Gyllenhaal star in Spider-Man: Far from Home. Credit: Marvel
Tom Holland and Jake Gyllenhaal star in Spider-Man: Far from Home. Credit: Marvel

She heaped praise on the stars, and other visitors, who took the time out to pop into the high-risk cancer ward.

"I don't think they really realise quite how much an impact it has on the children here," she said.

"Artie had been particularly poorly on the day of this visit, but previous visits by volunteer magicians, Spider-Man and the storm troopers had turned a very sad day into a smile."

Gemma also urged anyone who doesn't already to sign up to give blood and to register with the Anthony Nolan Trust, both of which are a massive help to children fighting cancer.

Reminding us of the real heroes in this story, she also described the hospital as 'amazing', adding: "I urge anyone looking to fund raise this year to consider raising for Great Ormond Street."

Nurses from Artie's ward at Great Ormond Street will be embarking on a seven-day trek to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro - a height of 5,895m - in a bid to raise £50,000 for the children's haematology and oncology wards. You can donate to their cause here.

Featured Image Credit: Gemma Vickerage

Topics: TV and Film, Celebrity

Claire Reid
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