Summer Panto will bring sunshine to young patients at GWH

Posted: July 29, 2014

Starlight Children's Foundation to pay a special visit

This summer, Starlight Children's Foundation will bring a big dose of sunshine to poorly children at Great Western Hospital when their amazing pop-up pantomime pays a visit. 

Starlight is national charity that grants wishes for seriously and terminally ill children and provides entertainment in hospitals and hospices across the UK.  During an eight week tour, the Starlight Summer Panto will visit children's wards throughout the country and it will stop at GWH on Thursday 7 August.

This year's pantomime is Robinson Crusoe and it has been produced exclusively for Starlight by The Panto Company.  Fully interactive, this brand new adaptation of the classic children's story is full of fun and the young patients will get to laugh, cheer and sing-along as the four actors perform for them, their families and the staff. 

Every year, Starlight provides entertainment and distraction to over half a million poorly children and the Starlight Summer Panto will give thousands of poorly children the chance to shout "He's behind you!" from the safety of the hospital ward. 

Claire Parks, Senior Play Specialist at Great Western Hospital said: "Every year we look forward to Starlight's Summer Panto and we simply can't wait for the arrival of Robinson Crusoe.  We know that play can significantly help to improve a child's hospital experience and Starlight's Summer Panto gives our young patients a chance to forget their illness for a short while and simply have some fun."

Neil Swan, Chief Executive of Starlight Children's Foundation said: "All of Starlight's activities are aimed at distracting children from the pain and anxiety that they might be feeling as a result of their illness and Starlight's Summer Panto is always hugely popular with hospitals and hospices alike.  We hope that this performance of Robinson Crusoe will be just what the doctor ordered!"

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The Cast

Catherine Irlam - Princess Moonflower
Melanie Greaney - Sarah The Cook
Zachary Price - Robinson Crusoe
Jamie Park - Captain Hogwash

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Starlight grants once-in-a-lifetime wishes for seriously and terminally ill children, restoring the magic and fun of childhood and giving the whole family happy memories to share, whatever the future holds.

Starlight also creates entertainment in every hospital and hospice throughout the UK. Sick children go to Starlight parties, laugh their way through pantomimes, go out on Starlight Escapes, play games and watch films on the Starlight Fun Centre, and enjoy the toys and puzzles of the Starlight Distraction Box. Happy children respond better to treatment and Starlight helps children to forget about their illness and simply have a bit of fun.

For more information on Starlight Children's Foundation, visit


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