In the name of John

YOKO ONO is to launch a world-wide foundation for children in memory of John Lennon.

She is travelling from her home in New York to a special event at Liverpool’s Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in May.

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In the name of JohnMar 29 2007

Youngsters will be given hope by Lennon charity

EXCLUSIVE by Larry Neild, Liverpool Daily Post

YOKO ONO is to launch a world-wide foundation for children in memory of John Lennon.

She is travelling from her home in New York to a special event at Liverpool’s Alder Hey

Children’s Hospital in May.

During Ono’s historic visit on May 25, she will outline her vision for the John Lennon Foundation for Child Health. Eventually, the foundation will be housed in its own centre in the grounds of the new hospital planned for adjoining Springfield Park. But its work will start almost immediately after its launch.

The new foundation, the idea of Yoko Ono herself, is being set up at Alder Hey as part of the hospital’s Imagine Appeal.

Last night, a spokesman for Yoko Ono told the Daily Post: “It is hoped this vehicle will

eventually become a worldwide network focusing on health and well-being for all children once it has been established in John Lennon’s home city.

“There is so much work going on at the hospital, including vital research work, and this will bring everything under one umbrella as the John Lennon Foundation.”

The launch of the John Lennon Foundation is the first major event for Imagine, the charity Yoko Ono launched in October 2005.

It was created to help Alder Hey continue its pioneering work to provide family-focused care for around 200,000 young patients every year.

Yoko Ono said: “What is happening with the whole Imagine appeal is really very exciting and I hope the Imagine White Ball will be the first of many fantastic events, all of which have one fundamental goal, to help children everywhere.”

Alder Hey, Europe’s largest children’s hospital, is responsible for the health of more children than any other hospital in the UK.

Last night a spokeswoman at Alder Hey said: “We are thrilled that Yoko Ono will personally launch the John Lennon Foundation for Child Health.

“The Imagine appeal which she also launched in October 2005 is helping the hospital continue our pioneering work, develop facilities, research medical conditions that affect children and provide vital medical equipment.”

On the eve of the foundation’s launch, Yoko Ono will be a VIP guest at the Imagine White Ball, being held in the grounds of Knowsley Hall, THE stately home of the Earl and Countess Derby.

The dinner is expected to attract a host of famous celebrities and stars, headed by Yoko Ono herself, who is the honorary patron of the Imagine charity.

Other Imagine patrons also include England football aces Wayne Rooney and Jamie Carragher as well as Hollywood actor David Morrissey and former soap star Sheree Murphy.

Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra have already agreed to headline the entertainment for the evening and plan a few surprise guests for their show.

During her visit to Liverpool, Yoko Ono will also inaugurate the new Flyglobespan air link between Liverpool John Lennon Airport and New York’s JFK airport.

ONLY a handful of tables are still available for this event. Contact Chris Done on 0151 252 5395 or

email chris@imagineappeal.com for details.

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