Stars from Salisbury Playhouse’s current pantomime Dick Whittington accepted an invitation from Salisbury District Hospital’s charity Stars Appeal to visit patients in the wards of the hospital who may not be able to attend the pantomime this year.

The cast members arrived on Thursday, December 7 to bring the pantomime to the hospital. Patients said they were thankful for the opportunity to participate in this year’s panto.

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Lewis Bell, 14, who got to meet the cast when they visited Sarum Children’s Ward, said: “They were funny and really cool. It was a nice way to cheer up the day. The visit put a smile on my face and I feel happier.”

Annamarie Tongs, who’s currently being cared for at the Hospital’s Spinal Treatment Centre and met the panto cast during their visit, said: “It was a nice little surprise. We can’t go to the pantomime this year, but the panto has come to us. I felt a bit flat today but feel perkier after meeting the pantomime characters.”

Stars Appeal Live co-ordinator Rebecca Seymour said: “Stars Appeal Live is about brightening the days of patients with music and creativity, and what better way to add a festive twist to this by bringing panto characters to Salisbury Hospital. We are so grateful to the cast and Salisbury Playhouse for their time and support.”