12 December 2017

Christmas Pantomime delivers festive cheer to young patients

Children and young people on Kipling Children’s Ward at Conquest Hospital have enjoyed a performance of Cinderella, a fully interactive pantomime with jokes and sing-along songs, performed by a touring group of actors from the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

Starlight Children’s Foundation perform panto for patients on Children’s ward

Starlight Children’s Foundation perform panto for patients on Children’s ward.

Kipling Children’s Ward Matron, Nicola Dean said: “Christmas is a particularly difficult time of year for children to be in hospital. So we are very grateful to Starlight’s Christmas Pantomime for helping restore some festive fun to the ward and our young patients. It provided our young patients a welcome break from their treatment and allowed them to experience the magic of Christmas; something that every child deserves.”

Sue Wildman, Head of Children’s Services at Starlight Children’s Foundation, said: “Starlight aims to improve a child’s stay in a hospital or hospice by providing entertainment and distraction. Starlight’s Christmas Pantomime is a fabulous way of spreading some much needed festive cheer to hospitalised children and their families over the Christmas period. We hope that this performance of Cinderella was just what the doctor ordered.”

Every year, the charity Starlight provides entertainment and distraction to over half a million sick children. The Starlight Christmas Pantomime is visiting 92 children’s wards throughout Great Britain over an eight week period this festive time.

Starlight is a national charity that grants once-in-a-lifetime wishes for seriously and terminally ill children and provides entertainment in hospitals and hospices across the UK.

For more information about Starlight, visit www.starlight.org.uk