Pantomime performers bring festive cheer to poorly children

LAUGHTER, cheers and singing could be heard from a children’s ward when pantomime characters made a special appearance.

The Starlight Children’s Foundation brought the cast of Dick Whittington and His Cat to Colchester General Hospital yesterday where they performed to children and their parents.

Sarah Amos, senior hospital play specialist, said: “We know play can significantly help to improve a child’s hospital experience and we are grateful to Starlight’s Christmas Pantomime for helping restore some festive fun to the ward.

“It provides our patients with a welcome break from treatment and allows them to forget about their illness for a short while and experience the magic of Christmas; something every child deserves.”

Sue Wildman, head of children’s services at Starlight Children’s Foundation, added: “Starlight aims to distract children from the pain and anxiety they feel as a result of their illness.

“Starlight’s Christmas Pantomime is a fabulous way of spreading some much needed festive cheer to poorly children and their families spending time in hospitals and hospices over the Christmas period.”

Starlight provides entertainment in hospitals and hospices across the UK and grants wishes for children with serious and terminal illnesses.

The panto will visit more than 90 children’s wards during its tour.