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Summer panto brings sunshine to young patients at Watford General

 Published on: 22nd July 2014   |   By: The Newsdesk   |   Category: Uncategorized

Young patients, parents, doctors, nurses and support staff at Watford Hospital had their morning brightened up today (Monday 21 July 2014) by a summer pantomime performance of Robinson Crusoe, giving poorly children the chance to shout “He’s behind you!” from the safety of the hospital ward. The pantomime was organised by The Starlight Children’s Foundation who delivered a big dose of sunshine to children in Starfish ward as part of an eight week pop-up pantomime hospital tour. Starlight is a national charity that grants wishes for seriously and terminally ill children and provides entertainment in hospitals and hospices across the UK to over half a million sick and injured children Helen Peck is a play specialist who uses play to help children manage fear or pain on Starfish ward. She said, “Every year we look forward to Starlight’s Summer Panto and our young patients were delighted with this morning’s performance of Robinson Crusoe!  We know that play can significantly help to improve a child’s hospital experience and the pop up Panto gives our young patients a chance to forget their illness for a short while and simply have some fun.” Neil Swan, Chief Executive of 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 injury or illness and Starlight’s Summer Panto is always hugely popular with hospitals and hospices alike.  We hope that this performance of Robinson Crusoe will be just what the doctor ordered!” For more information on Starlight Children’s Foundation, visit  

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