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Classic stories to be brought to life for young patients

Classic stories to be brought to life for young patients

Three classic stories will be brought to life to bring some sunshine to young patients being treated at the Princess Royal Hospital (PRH) in Telford.

Starlight Children’s Foundation is to bring its Storytellers Tour to patients on the Children’s Ward in the Shropshire Women and Children’s Centre at PRH on Wednesday (24 May 2017).

Starlight is national charity that grants wishes for seriously and terminally ill children and provides entertainment in hospitals and hospices across the UK. Its eight-week long Starlight Storytellers Tour will visit 92 children’s wards across the country.

Now in its fourth year, the Starlight Storytellers Tour stories have been produced exclusively for Starlight by The Panto Company who will perform The Three Little Pigs, The Three Musketeers and The Princess and the Pea. Fully interactive, these adaptations of the well-loved children’s classics are full of fun and young patients will get to laugh and cheer as the four actors sing, dance and perform for them, their families and the staff.

Lisa Gilks, Children’s Ward Manager at PRH, said: “We use play to help normalise a child’s time in hospital as well as distract children from the pain and anxiety that they might be feeling because of their illness and there’s nothing like a good story to capture a child’s imagination and bring a smile to their faces.

“The children are always very excited ahead of a visit from the Starlight Storytellers Tour and we are very grateful they are providing the opportunity for our young patients to forget their illness for a short while and simply have some fun.”

Every year, Starlight provides entertainment and distraction to more than half a million poorly children and the Starlight Storytellers Tour will give thousands of ill children the chance to escape their illness and enter the magical world of storytelling, all from the safety of a hospital ward.

Neil Swan, Chief Executive of Starlight Children’s Foundation, said: “All of Starlight’s activities are aimed at distracting children from the pain and anxiety that they might be feeling because of their illness. We’re delighted to be able to bring storytelling and fun to poorly children and we hope that the stories will be just what the doctor ordered!”

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