Panto stars bring joy to young patients at Great North Children’s Hospital

The cast of pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk gave children at the Royal Victoria Infirmary’s Great North Children’s Hospital a boost


Children in hospital were treated to a visit from some magical guests.

Visiting hours went out of the window at the Royal Victoria Infirmary’s Great North Children’s Hospital when the cast of Jack and the Beanstalk dropped in.

But it wasn’t just Jack and his friends, they had brought Father Christmas along too.

Megan Telfer, who suffers from facial palsy, had just woken up after an eye operation when she heard jingling bells, and she took her Rudolph teddy to meet Santa too. Megan, six, said she had already written her letter to Santa.

Danny Adams, who this year plays Jack in the panto, said: “It’s nice to bring a little bit of sunshine to them.”

Matthew Rigg, 14, from Stobhill Grange, has been in hospital for seven weeks following an operation, but his mother Janine, 41, said he was on the mend.

She said: “This is the first year we’re not getting to the panto. We’ve been every year since Danny started.”

Matthew was pleased to have his picture taken with the cast.

Jacob English, nine, from Kirkby Stephen, has had a bone graft on his cleft lip and palate. His mum Galina, 38, was happy to look after the lollies Santa gave him until he is well enough to eat them. She said: “He won’t have these for a couple of weeks yet.”


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