Ballet stars lift children’s spirits at QA

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MAGIC and splendour was cast over the children’s ward of the Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham with a special visit yesterday.

Some of the performers from English Youth Ballet production of Sleeping Beauty at King’s Theatre visited the poorly children.

Adele Robbins who plays Aurora and Brenden Bratulic who plays Prince Alexander in the show with Leila Mula, six, from Southsea. Picture: Sarah Standing (150303-8393)

Adele Robbins who plays Aurora and Brenden Bratulic who plays Prince Alexander in the show with Leila Mula, six, from Southsea. Picture: Sarah Standing (150303-8393)

Families were treated to a special routine from principal dancers Adele Robbins and Brenden Bratulic.

Eight-year-old Ruby Sidu, who has been staying in the Starfish Ward, was amazed by the ballet stars.

Her dad Kevin Sidhu, of Burridge, Southampton, said: ‘Ruby was really uplifted when she saw the cast, I think it definitely lifted her mood.

‘Ruby has been doing ballet for 5 years and it was extra special for her because she loves ballet,’ said her mum Kilver.

As the cast visted the children, they also handed out signed photos and free tickets for families to see the show.

and Lily Ferrero, 2, was lucky enough to be given tickets for her and her twin brother.

The youngster has been in hospital due to having a strong chest infection.

Her dad Tim Ferrero from Lee-on-Solent said: ‘It is nice for the children to see performances of things they may just seen Cbeebies Prom.

‘Lily has lit up since the dancers walked in, it’s lovely to see.’

The seasoned professionals in the show were joined by some of the young performers in Sleeping Beauty who were children that had previously been treated in the ward at the QA.

Tamzin Duncan, 11 from Havant said: ‘It feels weird being back in the hospital because I know this place so well but it is nice to give something back to somewhere that helped me.’

The trip to the hospital was extra special for the cast as some of the money raised by ticket sales of Sleeping Beauty will be given back to the children’s ward.