Nutcracker cast spread festive cheer at children's ward at Queen Alexandra Hospital

CHARACTERS from a musical took a day off in their busy Christmas schedule to spread some festive cheer to those who won’t be able to come along to the theatre this year.

Sunday, 22nd December 2019, 1:24 pm
Updated Tuesday, 24th December 2019, 10:59 am
The cast of New Theatre Royal's Christmas Show The Nutcracker, visited children on the paediatric wards at Queen Alexandra Hospital on Tuesday, December 17. Picture: Queen Alexandra Hospital

The Sugar Plum Fairy was just one of the characters from The Nutcracker at the New Theatre Royal who came along to entertain the children at Queen Alexandra Hospital.

Deputy Chief Nurse Tina Hetherington joined the cast as they visited patients in the Children’s Emergency Department, Starfish Ward and Shipwreck Ward.

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Picture: Queen Alexandra Hospital

Show director and New Theatre Royal chief executive Scott Ramsay said: ‘The cast of The Nutcracker were delighted to bring some festive magic to the children and families who are spending time in hospital over Christmas; the little bit of joy we were able to bring to their day was so special.

‘Spending time with the incredible NHS staff who will be working over the Christmas period was also a privilege.’

It comes during a number of special visits to the hospital including players from Portsmouth FC.

Two-year-old Ernie Whitton from Portsmouth has so far been in the hospital for two weeks and his mum Georga told The News that doctors are trying to get them home on Christmas Eve.

Picture: Queen Alexandra Hospital

The 27-year-old said: ‘We have been here a while now and so he has been here for all the special visits in the last couple of weeks. There were other pantomime characters and the Pompey team came in as well.

‘It is really lovely and great for the children as it gives them a smile.’

Mum Julie said: ‘It is really brilliant that they come in and cheer everyone up.

‘We only came in last night and we hope to be home before Christmas but it breaks up the day for her as it can be really long.’