Video: Willy Wonka and The Twits star in hospital’s Roald Dahl-themed afternoon tea for young patients

Story teller Lorna Wilson entertains children at the Roald Dahl-themed tea party at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. 
Photo by Simon Finlay. Story teller Lorna Wilson entertains children at the Roald Dahl-themed tea party at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. Photo by Simon Finlay.

Thursday, April 10, 2014
5:34 PM

A swishwifflingly scrumdiddlyumptious and totally Dahlicious afternoon tea has been enjoyed by young patients at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

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The special Roald Dahl-themed afternoon tea was held on Buxton Ward at the hospital and included a sumptuous selection of cakes and savouries served on silver cake stands and readings from the NNUH’s librarian, Lorna Wilson.

Ms Wilson read food-related excerpts from Dahl’s The Twits and then took patients on a tempting journey to Willy Wonka’s famous Chocolate Room from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Patients were served Snozzcumber Dips, Boggis’s Ham and Jam Sandwiches (But Not Together), Tongue Rakers, Nishnobblers, Eatable Pillow Jelly, Wonka’s Carnival Chocolate Bars, Bruce Bogtrotter Cakes and, to wash it all down, Willy Wonka’s Chocolate River. Children too unwell to attend were served cakes and sandwiches at their beds.

The inventive menu was devised by Serco head chef Jon Batchelor and the NNUH’s consultant chef Richard Hughes of The Lavender House and The Assembly House who plundered the works of Roald Dahl to create a feast fit for very special afternoon tea guests.

“We wanted to do something special for the children who are spending part, or all, of their Easter holidays in hospital,” said Mr Batchelor.

“It’s a bit of fun for them and a lot of fun for us. No one would choose to spend Easter in hospital, so we thought we’d try and put some smiles on their faces.”

The tea party was one of a raft of special events being put on at the NNUH by Serco – others include Love Your Tummy Month, Mental Health Awareness Week in May and National Men’s Health Week in June.

Three-year-old Jack Michael Daniels has a broken femur – Mum Sarah Jermy, from Aylsham, said: “It’s been a big distraction to see something new and be around new people, and the cake has definitely helped!”

And Katherine Leveridge, who is in hospital for an operation on her back, added: “It was special because Lorna came to see me in my room. The Twits was my favourite because it’s got lots of funny bits in it. I’ve got food based on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to eat later.”

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