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Starlight Storytellers visit North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust

Oliver Wallaard playing Tommy, Rachel McPhail playing Granny, Hubert Cox playing Timmy and Eden Lynch playing Tiffany.
Oliver Wallaard playing Tommy, Rachel McPhail playing Granny, Hubert Cox playing Timmy and Eden Lynch playing Tiffany.

[T]he Starlight Storytellers tour is coming to the Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle and West Cumberland Hospital, Whitehaven next week.

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

Now in its fourth year, the 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.

Kelly Agnew, play specialist at West Cumberland Hospital, said: “We use play to help entertain and distract children from their illness or injury and there’s nothing like a good story to capture a child’s imagination.”

Neil Swan, chief executive of Starlight Children’s Foundation, said, “We’re delighted to be able to bring storytelling and fun to children in hospital and we hope that the stories will be just what the doctor ordered.”

The Starlight Storytellers Tour started on Tuesday 18 April at Evelina Children’s Hospital, London and ends on Monday 12 June at St Oswald’s Hospice, Newcastle.

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