Ferneham panto stars visit children in Queen Alexandra Hospital

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CHILDREN’S television presenter Lloyd Warbey was able to ‘craft’ smiles on the faces of patients at Queen Alexandra Hospital.

The Art Attack frontman is starring in this year’s Ferneham Hall panto Dick Whittington alongside former EastEnders actor Todd Carty.

Zara Gifford, Porscha-Rae Gifford and Georgina Field in the paediatric ward at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham Picture: Allan Hutchings (151755-503)

Zara Gifford, Porscha-Rae Gifford and Georgina Field in the paediatric ward at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham Picture: Allan Hutchings (151755-503)

And yesterday the cast visited the children’s wards at QA to bring some Christmas cheer.

Lloyd, who is playing the role of Idle Jack, did some festive craftwork with the children, including with Jude Allen.

The five-year-old, of Purbrook, suffers from intestinal failure and was diagnosed at birth.

He said: ‘I really like Art Attack and was happy to see Lloyd.

From left, 'Todd Carty, Lloyd Warbey, Daniel Soutar, Julie Johnson, Julia Cave, Francesca Leyland and Georgina Field Picture: Allan Hutchings (151755-483)

From left, 'Todd Carty, Lloyd Warbey, Daniel Soutar, Julie Johnson, Julia Cave, Francesca Leyland and Georgina Field Picture: Allan Hutchings (151755-483)

‘We made a reindeer together out of toilet roll and some paper.

‘I like plays and was very happy to see the pantomime people here.’

The visit cheered up Daniel Soutar, four, who was diagnosed with leukaemia in September this year.

His grandmother Julie Johnson, of Eastney, said: ‘Daniel came out of hospital in October and since then he has been in hospital three times. I’ve never been to hospital before at this time of the year and was surprised and happy to see so many visits like this happen.

‘It cheered up Daniel so much and gave him something different to do.’

During the visit the panto stars played with children and handed out Frozen and pirate stickers.

Lloyd said: ‘It’s very rewarding to come and see some very brave children, who are going through a difficult time, and hopefully we can put a smile on their faces.

‘I spent time with the children doing mini craft projects, and we handed out stickers, which went down well.

‘It’s lovely to see their eyes light up and put a smile on their faces during a difficult time.’