Cinderella stars bring panto magic to young hospital patients

Leiya Cooper, six, from Norwich, is delighted to meet Prince Charming (David Witts) and Cinderella (

Leiya Cooper, six, from Norwich, is delighted to meet Prince Charming (David Witts) and Cinderella (Kara-Lianne Jones), when some of the cast from the Norwich Theatre Royal panto Cinderella, visited the Norfolk and Norwich University Hosptal. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2020

Youngsters and hospital staff enjoyed a little bit of fairy tale magic with a visit from Cinderella and Prince Charming.

Leiya Cooper, six, from Norwich, is delighted to meet Prince Charming (David Witts) and Cinderella (

Leiya Cooper, six, from Norwich, is delighted to meet Prince Charming (David Witts) and Cinderella (Kara-Lianne Jones), when some of the cast from the Norwich Theatre Royal panto Cinderella, visited the Norfolk and Norwich University Hosptal. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2020

The cast of Norwich Theatre Royal's current panto visited the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital on Friday to meet young patients and their families.

Kara-Lianne Jones, David Witts, Alix Dunmore, David Gant and ensemble members Victoria Gardner and Jacob Bailey donned their costumes to bring some panto cheer during a tour of the Buxton ward.

Teresa Miles, Children's Matron at NNUH, said patients were thrilled by the visit.

She added: "We have had more than 30 young patients on the children's ward today and quite a few have had an operation.

Leiya Cooper, six, from Norwich, gets a hug from Cinderella (Kara-Lianne Jones), when some of the ca

Leiya Cooper, six, from Norwich, gets a hug from Cinderella (Kara-Lianne Jones), when some of the cast from the Norwich Theatre Royal panto Cinderella, visited the Norfolk and Norwich University Hosptal. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2020


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"It is such a big boost for them and a very welcome distraction to receive a visit from a prince and princess whilst they recover."

Cinderella continues at the Norwich Theatre Royal until January 19.

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