NO CHILD wants to spend Christmas in hospital, but one pantomime troupe has brightened up a children’s ward this festive season.
Yesterday, Starlight Productions went to Queen Alexandra Hospital, in Cosham to spread some Christmas cheer.
The group put on a special performance of the classic Robinson Crusoe tale in front of youngsters at the hospital and their families.
Craig Bibby, from Leigh Park, and his daughter Carys, eight, who has a chest infection and pneumonia, saw the performance.
The 38-year-old said: ‘Carys loved it, if she could have joined in she would have been in there.
‘She was in bed up to four days ago and this made her get out of her bed and join in.’
Charlotte Turner, 23, was also there with her 21-month-old son Louie Harrison who was seeing his first ever pantomime. He will be spending Christmas on the ward.
‘He loved it,’ said Charlotte, from Waterlooville.
‘It took him out of the hospital and I had time to not think about all the hospital things.
‘It’s important to do lots over Christmas and make it more uplifting as usually it’s quite glum.
‘The staff do make it very good.’
A play specialist at the hospital, Sue Richardson, saw the panto with the children.
She said: ‘It was so amazing just to see their little faces light up.
‘The panto made it less traumatic being in hospital and they just made it Christmassy.’