IT was smiles all-round when the Starlight Storytellers recently visited the children’s ward at Basildon Hospital, bringing to life favourite children’s stories including Princess & the Pea, Charlotte’s Web and Three Little Pigs.
Laura Ryan, Hospital Play Team Leader, said: “We use play to help distract our young patients from feeling unwell and from any worry they may have about being in hospital. There’s nothing like a good story to capture children’s minds, and the actors’ excellent singing and dancing really brought the stories to life. We are really grateful to the Starlight Storytellers for bringing their fun and interactive production to the hospital.”
The Starlight Storytellers visited Basildon Hospital as part of a nationwide tour funded by Heinz’s ‘Get Well’ Soup campaign, which ran in January and February this year. The campaign asked the public to purchase personalised cans of ‘Get Well’ Soup, for loved ones feeling under the weather. For every can of ‘Get Well’ Soup, £1 was donated to the charity to fund the Starlight Storytellers tour.
Neil Swan, Chief Executive of Starlight Children’s Foundation, said: “For many children, a trip to hospital can be very scary and Starlight aims to provide services that will entertain and distract young patients during their stay. We are delighted to partner with Heinz for a second year on its ‘Get Well’ Soup campaign and very pleased that the Starlight Storytellers visit brought some wonderful stories to life for the children at Basildon Hospital.”