Thousands of children spend time in hospitals and hospices over
Christmas and Starlight Children's Foundation has been working hard
to restore the magic of the festive season to these children and
their families with its recently-launched Christmas of Happiness
As part of The Starlight Christmas of Happiness, poorly children
across the country will be able to enjoy a wonderful performance of
Aladdin from the safety of the hospital ward. Created
exclusively for the charity by theatre group The Panto
Company, the eight-week panto tour will visit 100 hospitals
and hospices, bringing festive fun and entertainment to sick
children and their families throughout the UK.
While transporting every hospital audience to Aladdin's magical
world, each interactive performance will give seriously ill
children a chance to escape the pain and anxiety that they can feel
as a result of their illnesses and simply have a bit of
This week, the children's ward at University Hospital of North
Durham is delighted to welcome the panto company. Colin Smith,
Matron on the Treetops ward said: "This time of year can be a
really difficult time for children who are in hospital and
Starlight's pantomime really gives our young patients and their
families something to look forward to. While the panto can
really help cheer up a poorly 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."
Claire Farr, who plays Wishy Washy, said, "We are thrilled to
support Starlight's Christmas of Happiness with the pantomime
tour. The aim of the panto is to bring some much needed fun
and entertainment to the many poorly children that are stuck in
hospitals and hospices over Christmas and we really hope that they
all enjoy the show!"
To find out more about the Starlight Christmas of Happiness, go
To make a donation, please text WISH to 70123 to donate £3 to
Starlight or to refer a child or to make an online donation go to
For every £1 you donate over 91p goes towards helping Starlight's
very ill children.
Published: 5 January 2012
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