Panto stars bring festive cheer to poorly children in QA as they say hello

(l-r) Stefan Booth, Lloyd Warbey, Louie Harrison. 20mths, Rebecca Vere, Francesca Leyand, Daniella Piper. ''The cast of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves at Fernhan Hall visiting children at QA Hospital, Cosham.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (143658-049)
(l-r) Stefan Booth, Lloyd Warbey, Louie Harrison. 20mths, Rebecca Vere, Francesca Leyand, Daniella Piper. ''The cast of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves at Fernhan Hall visiting children at QA Hospital, Cosham.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (143658-049)
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PANTOMIME characters paid a visit to Queen Alexandra Hospital.

This year Ferneham Hall, in Osborn Road, Fareham, is staging Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.

143658_PANTO_22/12/14''(l-r) Daniella Piper, Stefan Booth, Joseph Wood, Rebecca Vere, Lloyd Warbey, Francesca Leyand and Lisa Wood. ''The cast of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves at Fernhan Hall visiting children at QA Hospital, Cosham.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (143658-066) PPP-141222-151119001

143658_PANTO_22/12/14''(l-r) Daniella Piper, Stefan Booth, Joseph Wood, Rebecca Vere, Lloyd Warbey, Francesca Leyand and Lisa Wood. ''The cast of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves at Fernhan Hall visiting children at QA Hospital, Cosham.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (143658-066) PPP-141222-151119001

But as the children in QA are unable to go to the theatre, some of the cast decided to pay them a visit instead.

Francesca Leyland is playing the Fairy Good Apple in the production and has had first-hand experience of why visits like this are so important.

She said: ‘This was my first trip to a children’s ward as a panto star and it was great to see the kids.

‘When you’re stuck inside a hospital as a child I know how important these kinds of visits can be.

143658_PANTO_22/12/14''(l-r) Lloyd Warbey, Ellie-May Freeman 9, and Daniella Piper.''The cast of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves at Fernhan Hall visiting children at QA Hospital, Cosham.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (143658-074) PPP-141222-151130001

143658_PANTO_22/12/14''(l-r) Lloyd Warbey, Ellie-May Freeman 9, and Daniella Piper.''The cast of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves at Fernhan Hall visiting children at QA Hospital, Cosham.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (143658-074) PPP-141222-151130001

‘When I was three, I was in hospital because I’d had a heart operation.

‘While I was there Disney characters came in to visit, and I still remember it now.

‘I still have the picture I had taken of me with them and I hope these children will remember this visit, and that it brought some cheer to them.’

Stefan Booth is playing the Prince.

He said: ‘It was great to have the opportunity to support children and their families.

‘No one wants to be in hospital, especially over Christmas.

‘Seeing the children was quite emotional, but it was also great see they were being well looked-after at this brilliant hospital.’