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Starlight Pantomime Brings Sparkle to Rainbow Ward

Newsdate: 31 December 2015 Starlight Pantomime

Children at Wigan Infirmary’s Rainbow Ward were treated to a fun morning of entertainment, courtesy of a pantomime production of “Aladdin”, provided by the Starlight Children’s Foundation, on Wednesday 30 December.

Twice a year, once in summer and once at Christmas, staff at WWL’s Rainbow Ward arrange with the charity for a pantomime performance to be put on for the children. Starlight, a national children’s charity, organises the pantomimes in association with “The Panto Company”. The aim is to provide a distraction for ill children, by cheering them up and making them laugh.

Starlight Pantomime

As well as inviting children staying on the ward, staff also invited previous patients along to experience the fun. These included children who were once long-time patients on the ward, or who have been in and out of hospital for a prolonged period of time. Staff members were also able to bring their children along to join in.

Those in attendance were treated to a lively performance, full of colourful costumes and traditional “panto” fayre. The actors brought smiles to the children’s faces with their cheerful brand of family entertainment.

Diane Swindlehurst, Head of Nursing for Children’s and Midwifery Services at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust said:

“As a Trust we would like to express our huge thanks to Starlight for providing a tremendous show for the children on our ward”

“Being in hospital is a stressful time for a child, and their family, so we welcome any opportunity to take their minds off it by providing some joy and laughter during their time here.”