FOOTBALLER Michael Owen returned to the Countess of Chester Hospital, where he was born almost 33 years ago, to deliver his own bundle of joy – in the form of £5,000 won on ITV’s All Star Mr and Mrs.
Michael and wife Louise, of Lower Soughton Hall, Northop, presented the cash to midwife Audrey Houghton of Chester Childbirth Appeal, who also delivered baby Michael into the world on December 14, 1979.
According to the Daily Mail, Michael ‘did not prove terribly knowledgeable’ when it came to the details of wife Louise’s daily routine when he appeared on the Mr and Mrs show in September.
And when formally welcomed into the Stoke City dressing room Owen admitted being ribbed mercilessly by his team mates, although the couple still walked away with £5,000.
As principal patrons of the appeal, the couple were keen to donate the cash to their own charity at the hospital where all four of their children have been born.
Appeal director Pat Daniels said: “They visited us on Monday, December 3, for the photo-shoot and we showed them the children’s playground and the sensory garden for those with complex medical needs which is almost completed, and the Neonatal Unit at the Countess of Chester Hospital. The money will be divided between these two areas.
“They were very pleased with their visit and are very happy to support us.”
Pat explained she and Audrey had both worked as midwives at the Countess and together founded the Childbirth appeal in 1991. The first patron was Princess Diana. Audrey is retired but still works as a temporary bank staff member.