Christmas panto brings joy to hospital patients

Young NDDH patients Imogen Wood and Lauren Sanders, both aged five, are pictured with Imogen’s father Michael (front) and Lauren’s mother Emma Bridgeman (back, centre), along with the cast from Sleeping Beauty. Young NDDH patients Imogen Wood and Lauren Sanders, both aged five, are pictured with Imogen’s father Michael (front) and Lauren’s mother Emma Bridgeman (back, centre), along with the cast from Sleeping Beauty.

Friday, December 20, 2013
8:00 AM

Youngsters at North Devon District Hospital were treated to the festive performance on the Caroline Thorpe Ward.

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Harley and Sky Johnson enjoy some of the panto refreshments, which were funded by Care for Kids North Devon.Harley and Sky Johnson enjoy some of the panto refreshments, which were funded by Care for Kids North Devon.

A CHRISTMAS pantomime has brought festive cheer to patients at North Devon District Hospital.

The Panto Company visited the Caroline Thorpe Ward to perform Sleeping Beauty, dancing and dazzling the young patients and their families.

The visit was organised by national charity Starlight and the visit to NDDH was part of an eight week tour of the country’s hospitals and hospices.

Fran Greenaway, play specialist at NDDH, said: “Starlight has supported the children’s service at the Trust for a number of years by providing play and distraction equipment for our young patients, and we were delighted to welcome their Christmas panto for the first time on Saturday.

“It was a thoroughly enjoyable show and a wonderful escape for the patients.”

The performance featured four actors and Heather Foster, who plays Aurora and the Queen said the panto was designed to be engaging for the patients.

She said: “From their beaming smiles, it certainly looked as though they were enjoying the show.”

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