Jimmy Carr at Selly Oak

IT was a "very humbling experience" for Britain's top stand-up comedian, Jimmy Carr, when he visited staff and patients at Selly Oak Hospital with The British Forces Foundation.

Having spent time with the most seriously injured servicemen, casualties of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Jimmy was full of admiration for the men and said he couldn't believe how mentally strong the patients were.

He paid tribute to them and to the staff who provide the exemplary medical care and treatments. Jimmy spent time chatting to individuals, and signed books and dvds that he'd taken along to hand out.

Jimmy's visit was hugely appreciated by the patients and staff alike. Major Ian Cheesman, Officer Commanding Patient Support Services, said: "It is not easy to meet personnel who have been seriously injured and who’s lives have been dramatically changed, but your comfortable banter and obvious empathy proved to be a huge boost to both patients and their families. The staff also appreciated the opportunity to meet you and have photo’s taken with you.

"Thank-you for demonstrating support for the troops. Visits like this are truly valued and a huge comfort for the wounded to know there is such sincere public support out there. I know the motivation to visit the military patients was not for recognition or reward, however you should be aware that the visit was a huge success and very well received by all."