Sick Doncaster youngsters get panto treat

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Starlight Children’s Foundation brought a dose of fun and laughter to sick children at Doncaster Royal Infirmary with a pop-up pantomime of Robinson Crusoe.

Starlight grants wishes for seriously and terminally ill children and provides entertainment in hospitals and hospices across the UK, with children watching the show from the ward.

Every year, they provide this valuable distraction to sick children, giving them the chance to enjoy a show from the safety of the hospital ward.

As part of their eight week tour, the Starlight cast visited the children’s ward at Doncaster Royal Infirmary and put on an adaptation of the classic children’s story, Robinson Crusoe. A fully interactive show, the pantomime brought in some cheer for the young patients and they all had a chance to laugh and sing along with their families during the performance.

Iqbal Lall, Play Leader at Doncaster Royal Infirmary said: “We love the activities, fun and distraction Starlight Children’s Foundation brings to hospitals and we were very excited about the arrival of Robinson Crusoe. We know that play can significantly help to improve a child’s hospital experience and Starlight’s Pantomime gives our young patients a chance to forget their illness for a short while and simply have some fun.”

Sue Wildman, Head of Children’s Services at 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 as a result of their illness and Starlight’s Christmas Pantomime is always hugely popular with hospitals and hospices alike. We hope that this performance of Robinson Crusoe was just what the doctor ordered!”