Please view our cookie policy that explains what cookies are and how they are used on our website. This also provides you with a guide on how to disable cookies, but please be aware that parts of the site will not function correctly if you disable them.

By closing this message, you consent to our use of cookies on this device in accordance with our cookie policy unless you have disabled them.

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust - 70 years of the NHS


Home > News > Starlight Storytellers pantomime is just what the doctor ordered

Starlight Storytellers pantomime is just what the doctor ordered

Posted on Friday 29th December 2017

The Starlight Christmas Pantomime is coming to the Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle on Tuesday 2 January.

Starlight is a national charity that grants once-in-a-lifetime wishes for seriously and terminally ill children and provides entertainment in hospitals and hospices across the UK.  Over the eight-week tour, the Starlight Christmas Pantomime will visit 92 children’s wards throughout Great Britain, starting at Evelina London Children’s Hospital and finishing at Great North Children’s Hospital in Newcastle.

This year’s pantomime is Cinderella. Fully interactive, this new adaptation of the classic children’s story is full of fun and the young patients will get to laugh, cheer and sing-a-long as the four actors perform for the children, their families and the staff. 

Jane McCall, play specialist at the Cumberland Infirmary, said: “We use play to help entertain and distract children from their illness or injury and there’s nothing like a good pantomime to capture a child’s imagination. We’re really looking forward to it”

Sue Wildman, Head of Children’s Services at Starlight Children’s Foundation, said, “Starlight aims to improve a child's stay in a hospital or hospice by providing entertainment and distraction. Starlight’s Christmas Pantomime is a fabulous way of spreading some much-needed festive cheer to hospitalised children and their families over the Christmas period. We hope that this performance of Cinderella will be just what the doctor ordered!”