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Starlight Panto

Posted on Tuesday 13th September 2011

The summer can be a particularly gloomy time for children in hospital, so to bring some happiness to these children and their families, Christmas came early when Starlight Children’s Foundation staged performances of Aladdin in both West Cumberland Hospital and the Cumberland Infirmary on Tuesday September 6. 

The rain was pouring down outside but that didn’t stop Claire Farr (Widow Twanky), Mike Ferguson (Aladdin), Tami Stone (Jasmine) and Matthew Pagan (Wishy Washy) from putting on a magical performance of the pantomime in the children’s wards with plenty of laughing, booing and singing. The group have been touring hospitals and hospices throughout the UK for the past seven weeks.

Starlight grants once-in-a-lifetime wishes for seriously and terminally ill children, giving the family happy memories to share, whatever the future holds. Starlight also creates entertainment in every hospital and hospice in the UK. Children can go to Starlight parties and pantomimes, go out on Starlight Escapes and enjoy the toys and puzzles of the Starlight Distraction Box. Happy children respond better to treatment and Starlight helps children to forget about their illness and simply have a bit of fun.

To refer a brave child or make a donation, simply log on to or call 020 7262 2881. For every £1 you donate, Starlight can assure you that over 91p goes towards helping Starlight’s very ill children