Fi fi fo fum ... Panto stars bring children some Christmas fun

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Poorly children who will spend Christmas recovering in hospital received special presents this week.

Youngsters at Pinderfields Hospital were visited by six pantomime stars from Theatre Royal Wakefield yesterday.

The cast from Jack and the Beanstalk, including Dame Tina Trumpington, played by Chris Hannon, toured the Children’s Burns Unit, Children’s Ward and Children’s A&E department.

They gave out gifts, chatted to nurses and took time to speak with patients.

And earlier this month Father Christmas and staff from the Asda distribution centres in Normanton dressed up and dropped off gifts.

Burns play specialist and club leader Tracy Foster said: “It was wonderful to see how much the children’s faces lit up when they saw the pantomime cast, from the very little ones to the teenagers, it was such a joy that we could bring them a bit of festive cheer.

“The generous gifts that were donated really brought smiles all around. The Pinderfields Paediatric Regional Burns Unit has a catchment area of 3.5 million and it can be really difficult to raise donations and gifts. We’d like to say a big thanks to Theatre Royal Wakefield for their support.”

The panto presents were donated by theatre staff and friends and shoppers at Sainsbury’s Ings Road store.

Theatre executive director Murray Edwards added: “We have the perfect way to cheer children up during the festive season, so if they can’t come to us, we’ll go to them.”

The Asda gifts were brought with money raised by the supermarket chain’s community champions who sold raffle tickets in the hospital reception.


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