Saturday, 17 December 2016

Hospital & Age Uk Visits

Theatre Royal Bath's panto stars get busy spreading Christmas joy around the city

By Bethan Moorcraft  |  Posted: December 17, 2016 

Stars from the Theatre Royal Bath's pantomime Aladdin have been busy about Bath, spreading Christmas joy to people of all ages. On Thursday, December 15, principle cast members visited the Children's Ward at the Royal United Hospital where they met young patients and their families.The children had the chance to meet Aladdin, Princess Jasmine, Abanazar and Dame Widow Twankey all in their colourful stage costumes. 
Emmerdale and Coronation Street actor, Bill Ward, who plays the role of Abanazar, said: "We feel privileged to have met some truly fantastic young people and families today. We also chatted with some of the team who do a wonderful job on the Children's Ward supporting the patients on the road to recovery.
"Christmas is such a special time for youngsters and it's especially hard being unwell at this time of year, so we were keen to transport some pantomime magic from the Theatre Royal to the children at the Royal United Hospital and wish them well."
After being introduced to all the patients on the Children's Ward, the pantomime stars delivered goodie bags supplied by Moore Stephens.
Lyn Gardiner, play specialist at the RUH, said: "We were thrilled to meet the cast today and delighted that they could take some time out of their busy schedule to come and visit us.
"They brought fun and enjoyment to our patients and their families and it was so lovely to see their faces when they met their favourite TV stars. We would once again like to thank them for coming to the RUH."
It  is not just children who received joy from a panto visit. On Tuesday, December 13, actor Nick Wilton who stars as Dame Widow Twankey, visited the weekly Age UK B&NES Lunch Club at St Michael's Day Centre to meet diners and show his support for the charity's Christmas fundraising appeal.

Age UK B&NES is currently working to raise £5,000 through its Christmas Appeal to ensure it can help provide support for older people throughout B&NES during the coldest months of the year.
Funds raised will be used to assist older people in many ways, including collecting food shopping when it is icy outside, helping them to claim the benefits they are eligible for, as well as distributing winter warmth packs and arranging home visits.
Mr Wilton said: "Age UK B&NES are doing a fantastic job supporting older people in Bath and the surrounding area through their day centres and work in the community.
"Any donations to their wonderful Christmas Appeal will help to provide comfort, spread happiness and give a welcome boost to older people in need of extra support when outside temperatures drop."
To offer help, services or to donate to Age UK B&NES, call 01225 466135.

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