Portsmouth students sing carols for dialysis patients at QA

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PUPILS treated patients to some Christmas carols as they visited the renal unit at Queen Alexandra Hospital.

Girls from Portsmouth High School performed for the regular dialysis patients who visit the hospital three times a week.

As well as singing festive songs, the students pulled crackers with the patients and handed out mince pies.

Year 11 student Francesca McBride said: ‘It was amazing to perform for the dialysis patients.

‘It’s good to bring festive spirit to people who have to spend time in the hospital.

‘We’ve been learning about dialysis in biology so we understand what they are going through on a regular basis.

Year 11 girls from Portsmouth High School at Queen Alexandra Hospital, including Francesca McBride, 15, centre, who also sang a solo Picture: Sarah Standing (161696-8920)

Year 11 girls from Portsmouth High School at Queen Alexandra Hospital, including Francesca McBride, 15, centre, who also sang a solo Picture: Sarah Standing (161696-8920)

‘It was just nice to sing the songs and feel the Christmas spirit.’

The patients enjoyed a range of tunes from We Wish You a Merry Christmas to Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas.

Michael Mallon, from Paulsgrove, said he enjoyed all the songs.

The 46-year-old added: ‘It was very good to have the singing as it can get boring in here.

‘It was a good idea by the hospital to organise it.’

Lynn Sandford, staff nurse at QA, said: ‘We haven’t had a choir come and sing for a couple of years so it was lovely for our regular dialysis patients to get this treat.’