With Telethon 2012 kicking off tonight, Channel Seven celebrities prepared themselves for the 26-hour event by heading to Princess Margaret Hospital to spend time with some of the children in the wards.

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Sunrise weather presenter Grant Denyer visits seven-year-old Lily Poulter in PMH. Picture: Steve Ferrier / The West Australian.

With Telethon 2012 kicking off tonight, Channel Seven celebrities prepared themselves for the 26-hour event by heading to Princess Margaret Hospital to spend time with some of the children in the wards.

Guests including Winners and Losers’ Virginia Gay, Perth musician Johnny Ruffo, Dancing with the Stars competitor Kerri-Anne Kennely and Sunrise’s Grant Denyer wandered around the hospital bring smiles to the faces of children of all ages.

Denyer said that he was excited to be in Perth for the event and ready to help encourage the money to roll in.

“Most celebrities can’t really do much, we’re limited to basically one skill which is talking to the camera, but the one thing we can do is come on over and help spread the message and have a lot of fun,” he said.

“I think that when you see people you know from television it makes you feel more comfortable about handing money over to people you know for a good cause.”

Denyer, who has attended Telethon previously, said that the weekend is full of madness but even after attacked by kids and having ‘loser’ drawn on his forehead he still loves coming back every year.

“Even though a weekend to us is precious because we travel so much, it’s nothing to give that away (for Telethon) because you get a lot out of it,” Denyer said.

This year’s Telethon is also particularly exciting as world famous musician Elton John will be making an appearance.

The event will be broadcast on Channel 7 from 6.30pm tonight until when it ends at 8.30pm tomorrow evening.