Wicked Queen and panto cast bring festive fun to patients

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PANTOMIME stars visited Sheffield Children’s Hospital yesterday to give youngsters who will be on the wards over Christmas a chance to see some of the festive show.

Coronation Street star Margi Clarke, who plays a Wicked Queen in the Lyceum’s production of Sleeping Beauty, was joined by other members of the cast for the visit, including pantomime dame Damian Williams. The costumed actors read stories to a group of patients, and their visit was also designed to help publicise the Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity’s latest appeal.

The charity’s workers raise money for improvements and equipment which are not funded by the hospital’s NHS budget.

Recent projects have included a £150,000 suite of eye equipment to help children suffering with vision problems and a scheme to introduce play specialists to help reduce stress on youngsters admitted to hospital.

Its latest drive aims to provide £500,000 of improvements to its operating theatres where some 11,000 operations are carried out annually.

To donate to the charity’s Christmas Operating Theatres appeal, visit its website at www.tchc.org.uk or telephone 0114 271 7203.

Sleeping Beauty is on stage at the Lyceum until January 8.