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Warrington neonatal nurse lands starring role in TV ad

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A nurse who has worked on the neonatal unit at Warrington Hospital for 35 years has starred in a new advert in which she is reunited with dozens of babies who she brought into the world.

Jill Kenyon, 58, was chosen as the star of a TV advert for Johnson’s baby products. The advert was filmed over 22 hours at Warrington Hospital and a studio in Manchester.

”They wanted somebody who’s been here a long time, so they asked me”

Jill Kenyon

In the Mother of 1000 Babies advert, she is reunited with scores of people who she cared for in their very first days of life – ranging from new-born babies to people in their mid-20s.

She said: “It’s nice to be chosen and it was just nice to have the opportunity to film it. They wanted somebody who’s been here a long time, so they asked me.”

The advert has already been screened in countries including Australia and South Africa and will be shown in the UK early next year.

Ms Kenyon said: “I’ve probably looked after thousands of babies over the last 35 years – I’ve even looked after babies having their own babies now.

“I often think about certain babies and wonder what they’re up to now and what career they’ve chosen – it would be lovely to see them,” she said.

Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Warrington neonatal nurse lands starring role in TV ad

Jill Kenyon meets some of her “babies” in the advert

However, she added: “I’m a member of a huge team here and we all work very, very hard – there’s not only me, there are loads of us. We’re all a massive team and we work well together.”

In the advert, Ms Kenyon mentioned one baby that she cared for who stood out, saying: “She was one of those little tiny ones who was really, really poorly and we nearly lost her at one point, but she pulled through and she’s doing great now.”

Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust highlighted that it did not endorse Johnson’s baby products over other brands and the film was strictly for promotional purposes.


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  • Lovely story, however unless she was working as a midwife at the time she did not actually 'bring the babies into the world'; she cared for them following delivery if they were premature or poorly.

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