Oh yes it does! Starlight’s Christmas panto brings festive cheer to Alder Hey
Christmas can be a particularly gloomy time for poorly children undergoing treatment in hospital but a visit from Starlight’s unique Christmas pantomime to Alder Hey brought a dose of festive fun and laughter to the young patients there.
Starlight Children’s Foundation is a national charity that provides entertainment in hospitals and hospices and grants wishes for seriously and terminally ill children. The Sleeping Beauty pantomime has been staged exclusively for Starlight by the interactive theatre group The Panto Company and Alder Hey was visited as part of an eight week tour of the country’s hospitals and hospices.
On Thursday 28th November, the panto’s four actors danced, dazzled and sang for the young patients, their families and the staff. Every year, Starlight provides entertainment and distraction to over half a million poorly children and Starlight’s Christmas panto gives thousands of poorly children the chance to shout “He’s behind you!” from the safety of the hospital ward.
Julie Sellers from Alder Hey’s Patient Experience Team, said, “Every year we look forward to the arrival of Starlight’s Christmas Panto. It’s always a really engaging show and it’s a wonderful escape for our young patients. Play is proven to significantly improve a poorly child’s hospital experience and Starlight’s Christmas Panto is a fantastic distraction from any pain they might be feeling as a result of their illness.”
Heather Foster, who plays Aurora & The Queen in Sleeping Beauty, said, “Starlight’s Christmas Panto is designed to be really engaging and entertaining for the children and we hope that the performance at Alder Hey gave the patients there a good dose of fun! From their beaming smiles, it certainly looked as though they were enjoying the show!”
The pantomime is just one way that Starlight brings fun, laughter and distraction to poorly children across the UK. The charity also grants once-in-a-lifetime wishes to children with serious and terminal illnesses. A Starlight wish gives a seriously ill child and their family a positive focus during the long hours of treatment and happy memories to treasure, whatever the future may hold.