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Ashill boy has direct line to Santa during stay at Kings Lynn hospital

Two-year-old Noah Bunn and his mum Elizabeth enjoy their chat with Santa at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn as part of the Connected Santa programme. Pictures from Victoria Fear, Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Two-year-old Noah Bunn and his mum Elizabeth enjoy their chat with Santa at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn as part of the Connected Santa programme. Pictures from Victoria Fear, Queen Elizabeth Hospital

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Young patients were given a direct line to the North Pole to pass on their Christmas wishes at a Norfolk hospital.

Children being treated on the Rudham Ward at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kings Lynn ensured they are on the ‘Good List’ during a live video call with Father Christmas this month.

Among the youngsters taking part was Noah Bunn, who ended up in hospital after falling over a dinosaur and breaking his leg.

However, the two-year-old’s morning was brightened up by having a chat with Santa.

His mum Elizabeth, from Ashill, said: “It was lovely and a really nice thing to do. Noah enjoyed speaking with Santa and it has added a bit of festive cheer.”

Using video communications technology from Cisco, several youngsters and their parents have enjoyed a virtual visit as part of the Connected Santa programme, which is helping to bring cheer to hospitals across the country.

A room in the hospital was transformed into a grotto and manned by a team of elves, who were on hand to greet the young patients along with handing out toys.

Jonathan Wade, director of strategy and IT services at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Kings Lynn NHS Trust, said: “Being in hospital at this time of year is particularly hard for youngsters but this call with Father Christmas really made a difference.

“I would like to thank our partners at Cisco for making this possible and bringing some festive fun to the children and their parents.”

Cisco UK and Ireland chief executive Scot Gardener said: “For many children, visiting Santa, and telling him what they want for Christmas is one of the most exciting parts of the holiday season.

“But for those in hospital this tradition can often be missed.

“Helping to bring that Christmas joy to the ward and put smiles on the faces of the children, their family and friends.”

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