Patients' trip to Pantoland is just what the doctor ordered

Posted: November 28, 2017

Festive fun on the Children's Unit

Panto fever returns to the Great Western Hospital this week as players from Starlight Children's Foundation travel to Swindon to bring festive cheer to the town's youngest patients.
 
Now a Christmas tradition, the Starlight team will be treating boys and girls on the Children's Unit to a unique retelling of pantomime favourite Cinderella.
 
The show, which is currently touring hospitals across the country, is an opportunity for the youngsters on the ward to enjoy an afternoon of festive fun in the run up to Christmas.
 
Claire Parks, Senior Play Specialist, said: "Christmas is a really exciting time of year for children and events like this help bring all the magic and sparkle of the season to hospital.
 
"It's easy for youngsters on the ward to feel like they're missing out on festive fun, so it's brilliant for us to be able to treat them to this intimate performance which is sure to be filled with the kind of Christmas spirit that only panto can deliver.
 
"Starlight always puts on a fantastic show, with each performance bigger and better than the last, so I'm just as excited as the patients to see what they have in store for 2017."
 
In recent years the Starlight charity has become known for granting wishes to terminally ill children and providing entertainment to those in hospitals and hospices across the UK.
 
Sue Wildman, Head of Children's Services at Starlight, said: "We aim to improve a child's stay in hospital by providing entertainment and distraction.
 
"Our Christmas pantomimes are a fabulous way of spreading some much needed festive cheer to hospitalised children, so we're hoping this performance of Cinderella will be just what the doctor ordered."
 
The annual pantomime marks the start of what is usually a very busy season for the Children's Unit, with many local businesses, charities and individuals keen to do whatever they can to help brighten the little ones' time in hospital.

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