Festive cheer for young patients

Sleeping Beauty Panto stars
Sleeping Beauty Panto stars

YOUNG patients at the Conquest Hospital were given some Christmas cheer with a pantomime performed on the children’s ward.

Members of the Starlight Children’s Foundation theatre group performed Sleeping Beauty to youngsters in Kipling Ward.

Caroline Stephenson, Kipling Ward matron, said: “Christmas can be a really difficult time for kids who are in hospital. While the panto can really help cheer up a child’s day, it can also help to take their minds off their illness and this in turn can have a positive effect on their condition and response to treatment.”

Heather Foster, who plays Aurora and The Queen in Sleeping Beauty, said: “The panto is designed to be engaging and entertaining for the children and we hope that the performance at the Conquest gave the patients there a good dose of fun. From their beaming smiles, it looked as though they were enjoying the show.”