Matthew’s mum Nicole Goh, a clinical research fellow, was surprised but delighted by the decision.
“To be honest I was really surprised Matthew won because there were so many other beautiful costumes. Of course I’m very proud of him.”
And she said having a star on hand to judge the competition made the whole event particularly memorable.
“Joanna Lumley was so friendly and approachable and really good with the children. It made it extra special having her here today.”
Patricia De Laszlo, nursery manager, was particularly struck by the level of interest the actress showed in the hospital and the children.
“She spoke to each and every child and took the time to comment on something specific about their costume. She was very gentle and caring and just generally interested in each of the children and the work of the hospital.
“We’re really grateful to her for taking the time to come here today – it made the day.”