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Aladdin panto flies into children’s ward

01 December 2015

Health Care

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 ward. 

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.