28th Sep, 2020

Plenty of laughs as panto players arrive in Droitwich to perform for youngsters

Tristan Harris 18th Dec, 2019 Updated: 18th Dec, 2019

LAUGHTER filled the air when a cast from Starlight UK arrived in Droitwich to perform panto classic Aladdin to children being supported by Worcestershire’s Orchard Service.

The audience joined in and sang along, heckling the actors in traditional panto style as they performed.

The fun didn’t stop there, families were also treated to games, face painting and Christmas crafts, with refreshments and ice cream provided, courtesy of Naturally Wild.

The Orchard Service – Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust’s children’s community nursing and palliative care team, helps babies, children and young people living with complex, life threatening and limiting conditions.

The team work closely with GPs, children’s hospital wards, paediatricians, health visitors and school health nurses to prevent unnecessary admission to hospital and promote early discharge.

Laura Phillimore, Community Health Play Specialist for Orchard Service said: “We know that having a child with a long term, complex or life limiting/threatening condition can sometimes make spending time as a family difficult.

“We hope that events such as this give families an opportunity to come together and enjoy activities, in a relaxed environment, adapted to support the needs of the children in attendance.”

The performance was one of a number of dates in the festive schedule for Starlight, a national charity that grants wishes for seriously and terminally ill children and provides entertainment in hospitals and hospices across the UK.

The cast tour the UK with their interactive performances, using music and dance to provide children and their families with a fun escape from their treatment.

Through charitable donations, Orchard Service is able to host regular events such as this for children and their families.

It also provides families with memory boxes for special mementos, following the death of a child.

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