Panto joy for young KGH patients

James Quice ' Dame, Lauren Townley ' Alice, Ted James ' Dick, Milosz Leski, 4, and dad Michael Leski,  front l-r  - Heather Foster - Kitty ,  Shay O'Neill, 3, Dulcie-Anne Willey, 10, and Charlotte Parish, 12
James Quice ' Dame, Lauren Townley ' Alice, Ted James ' Dick, Milosz Leski, 4, and dad Michael Leski, front l-r - Heather Foster - Kitty , Shay O'Neill, 3, Dulcie-Anne Willey, 10, and Charlotte Parish, 12

A charity pantomime was held in Dolphin Ward at Kettering General Hospital as part of a national tour.

The charity – the Starlight Children’s Foundation – grants wishes to seriously and terminally ill children and provides entertainment in hospitals and hospices across the UK.

Four actors from the interactive theatre group, The Panto Company, staged Dick Whittington for the children on behalf of Starlight.

Play specialist at Kettering General Hospital Trish Brigden said: ”Starlight’s Christmas panto has become a highlight of the festive calendar for us and we really looked forward to the arrival of Dick Whittington and his cat on the ward!

“Play and distraction can significantly help to reduce the amount of pain and anxiety children feel as they undergo treatment and Starlight’s Christmas panto was a dose of seasonal fun for our young patients and their families.”

Ted James, who plays Dick Whittington, said: “Starlight gives poorly children a positive focus when they need it most and the charity’s Christmas panto is a great way to entertain and distract children who are in hospital.”

To refer a brave child for a wish or to support Starlight in their work visit www.starlight.org.uk.