Video: Scooby Doo pays a visit to youngsters at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital

Scooby Doo makes a flying visit to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, to help publicise his forthcoming show at Norwich Theatre Royal, where he met patients including Henry Gamble.
Photo by Simon Finlay. Scooby Doo makes a flying visit to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, to help publicise his forthcoming show at Norwich Theatre Royal, where he met patients including Henry Gamble. Photo by Simon Finlay.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
8:56 AM

Youngsters enjoyed meeting a surprise canine visitor at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

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Scooby Doo makes a flying visit to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, to help publicise his forthcoming show at Norwich Theatre Royal, where he met patients including Matthew Saunders.
Photo by Simon Finlay.Scooby Doo makes a flying visit to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, to help publicise his forthcoming show at Norwich Theatre Royal, where he met patients including Matthew Saunders. Photo by Simon Finlay.

Scooby-Doo dropped into the hospital yesterday ahead of his new show coming to Norwich’s Theatre Royal.

Waving and giving high fives as he went, the children’s TV character toured the hospital to cheer up patients.

Among those to meet Scooby Doo was eight-year-old Henry Gamble, from Cringleford, who was in hospital because of a foot infection.

He said it was a big surprise to meet Scooby-Doo – one of his top five TV characters – and that he was hoping to watch Scooby-Doo! The Mystery of the Pyramid at the Theatre Royal later this month.

Henry said: “I was told there was going to be a surprise – I thought it was going to be some special medicine but a dog isn’t medicine! It was a good surprise!”

Eight-year-old Matthew Saunders, from Saham Toney and who was at the hospital for a check-up, was one of the other children to meet Scooby- Doo. He enjoyed posing for pictures with him and giving him high fives.

The special visit was organised by the show in conjunction with the hospital’s arts project which aims to enhance the environment within the wards and buildings for patients, their families and friends, and staff.

Emma Jarvis, the hospital arts coordinator, said: “We are extending our links with the Theatre Royal, and visits like this really make a difference to the children. It’s something special for them. We are really grateful to the Theatre Royal.”

Scooby-Doo will be at the Theatre Royal with his new show The Mystery of the Pyramid from next Monday to Wednesday.

The show sees Scooby and friends Shaggy, Fred, Velma and Daphne take their brightly-coloured Mystery Machine on a brand new adventure to the land of the Pharoahs.

They find themselves having to deal with mysterious Egyptian mummies who are protecting an ancient pyramid, plus the risk of being turned into stone if they dare to approach the imposing stone structure.

John Bultitude, of the Theatre Royal, said: “This is a brand new adventure for a ghost-hunter and his friends who have been sniffing out spooks for generations.”

Scooby-Doo – The Mystery Of The Pyramid is at the Theatre Royal from April 14-16. Tickets £5.50-£22.50. To book, call the box office on 01603 630000 or visit www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk

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