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THURSDAY: Southampton:<br />
Arsenal footballer Theo Walcott’s wife Melanie Slade has become the face of the Children’s Air Ambulance.<br />
The 24 year-old, pregnant with the couple’s first child, returned to her home city of Southampton today (Thursday) to become patron of the charity.<br />
The Children’s Air Ambulance is the UK’s first dedicated air service for critically-ill babies and children.<br />
She toured the Southampton General Hospital Paediatric Intensive Care Unit with doctors, before having a look at the helicopter pad where the emergency choppers land.<br />
Melanie, who happily showed off her bump to photographers, told reporters she was very keen to support the vital work carried out by the charity.<br />
”I’m proud to be asked to be the Patron for the Children’s Air Ambulance Service and the work they undertake,” she said.<br />
“I look forward to working with the team to help this charity grow into  a truly national service so that every child on the UK mainland can have access to the service should they need it.” <br />
 “It is fitting that my first formal duty is in my home town of Southampton where they have one of the best paediatric intensive care unit in the country.”<br />
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Pictured: Mel (Melanie) Walcott at Southampton General Hopsital today Thursday. On the right (in dark blue) is Dr Gareth Jones, consultant anaesthetist in the Children's Critical Care Unit.  Also with Southampton's Mayor Cllr Ivan White in some shots.<br />
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Pic: Chris Balcombe<br />
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