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Starlight Christmas Pantomime delivers a dose of festive cheer to young patients on Bramble Ward


Christmas is a particularly difficult time of year for children to be in hospitals so this festive period, Starlight Children’s Foundation brought a large dose of fun and laughter to children on Bramble Ward at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital when Starlight’s marvellous pop-up pantomime paid a visit in November. 


Starlight is a national charity that grants once-in-a-lifetime wishes for seriously and terminally ill children and provides entertainment in hospitals and hospices across the UK.  During an eight week tour, the Starlight Christmas Pantomime will visit children’s wards throughout the country.


This year’s pantomime is Dick Whittington and His Cat. Fully interactive, this brand new adaptation of the classic children’s story is full of fun and the young patients will get to laugh, cheer and sing-a-long as the four actors perform for the children, their families and the staff. 


Cara Bennett, Play Specialist on Bramble, said: “We know that play can significantly help to improve a child’s hospital experience and we are very grateful to Starlight’s Christmas Pantomime for helping restore some festive fun to the ward. It provides our young patients with a welcome break from treatment and allows them to forget about their illness for a short while and experience the magic of Christmas.”


Every year, Starlight provides entertainment and distraction to over half a million poorly children and the Starlight Christmas Pantomime will give hundreds of these children the chance to forget their fears and surroundings and get into the festive spirit!


Sue Wildman, Head of Children’s Services at Starlight Children’s Foundation, said: “Starlight aims to distract children from the pain and anxiety that they feel as a result of their illness. Starlight’s Christmas Pantomime is a fabulous way of spreading some much needed festive cheer to poorly children and their families spending time in hospitals and hospices over the Christmas period. We hope that this performance of Dick Whittington will be just what the doctor ordered!”


Matt Lee-Alliston, Managing Director of The Panto Company, said: “We’re thrilled to be working with Starlight to bring this interactive performance to so many seriously ill children. Our acting troupe can’t wait to hit the road and bring some laughter and excitement to poorly children across the country this Christmas.”


For more information on Starlight Children’s Foundation, visit

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