Aladdin panto flies into children’s ward
01 December 2015
Christmas is a particularly difficult time of year for children to be in hospitals and hospices so this festive season, Starlight Children’s Foundation brought a big dose of fun and laughter to poorly children at Southend University Hospital when it’s amazing pop-up pantomime paid a visit.
Starlight is a national charity that grants wishes for seriously
and terminally ill children and provides entertainment in hospitals
and hospices across the UK.
This year's pantomime is Aladdinand 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 Christmas
Pantomime will give thousands of poorly children the chance to
shout "He's behind you!" from the safety of the hospital
Yvonne Curtis, a play specialist on Neptune children's ward,
said,"We love the activities, fun and distraction Starlight
Children's Foundation brings and Aladdin certainly didn't
disappoint. We know that play can significantly help to
improve a child's hospital experience and Starlight's Christmas
Pantomime gave our young patients a chance to forget their illness
for a short while and simply have some fun."
Sue Wildman, Head of Children's Services at 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 Christmas
Pantomime is always hugely popular with hospitals and hospices
alike. We hope that this performance of Aladdin was just what
the doctor ordered!"
View more images from the panto on the official Southend
University Hospital Facebook page here.