Panto stars help brighten festive period for young Orpington patients
PUBLISHED: 13:32 19 December 2012
Youngsters battling illness at Princess Royal University hospital (PRUH) were given a break from their beds as pantomime Dick Whittington was staged in the children's ward last week.
As part of its Christmas of Happiness campaign, Starlight Children’s Foundation organised for The Panto Company to visit PRUH, in Farnborough Common.
The four actors danced and sang for the young patients in an attempt to “restore some of the magic of Christmas”, says Dick Whittington himself, Ted James.
He said: “Starlight gives poorly children a positive focus when they need it most and the charity’s Christmas Panto is a great way to entertain and distract children who are in hospital over the festive period.”
Play and distraction can help reduce the amount of pain and anxiety felt by children as they undergo treatment and Starlight’s Christmas panto was one of many ways the charity helps kids every year.
To support the foundation, visit www.starlight.org.co.uk/christmas/2012.