Christmas comes early for children at North Devon District Hospital

Christmas cheer has come early to North Devon District Hospital thanks to Starlight Children’s Foundation’s pop-up pantomime.

Four professional actors visited Caroline Thorpe children’s ward at the hospital and performed their version of Aladdin. The pantomime was fully interactive and included plenty of sing-a-long opportunities for the children, their families and staff.

The performance was part of Starlight’s Christmas pantomime tour of children’s wards in hospitals and hospices across the country.

There are expected to be more than 200,000 children spending the Christmas period in hospital this year. Starlight provides services to help families in hospital or affected by serious illness to create magical moments and memories throughout the entire year, but it’s especially important at this busy and festive time.

Fran Greenaway, play specialist at Caroline Thorpe Ward, said: “The panto was wonderful, and it was lovely to see everyone being so entertained by the wonderful performance.

“Christmas can be a particularly difficult time of year for children to be in hospital, and the pantomime is one way of giving them a moment to enjoy something that distracts them from the reason they are with us.”

About Starlight Children’s Foundation

Starlight Children’s Foundation is the national children’s charity that exists to preserve childhood throughout serious illness – they do this through hospital play and distraction services, wish granting and Starlight escapes programme. They help children and their families to escape the routine and reality of treatment. To find out more visit

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Last updated: December 13, 2019