Cast members from the Gala Theatre's
panto paid a special visit to children spending the run up to
Christmas in hospital.
The Durham City venue's Christmas
pantomime, Aladdin, is on a roll bringing festive thrills and lots
of laughter to audiences.
This week, Aladdin (David Hosie),
Princess Jasmine (Eleanor Chaganis), Chief Inspector Thai Chi
(Kylie Ann Ford) and the comical Wishee Washee (Paul Hartley) took
a break from the stage to spread some magic to children at the
Treetops unit at University Hospital North
The patients who met the cast included
two-year-old Charlie-Boy, from Ferryhill, and his mam, Sinead
Paul, who also writes and directs the
pantomime alongside fellow cast member Neil Armstrong, said: "It
was lovely to meet Charlie-Boy and his mam and the other families
at the Treetops unit. It can be a difficult time of year to be in
hospital and for young people I am sure there is a fear of missing
out on magical experiences like the pantomime. I am so pleased we
could bring some of that festive fun and laughter to
group also took the time to thank NHS staff on the ward for all
their hard work which does not stop at
A spokesperson for County Durham and
Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, said: "We're so grateful to the
cast of Aladdin for taking time to visit our youngest patients,
bringing gifts and Christmas cheer to their families and our
still tickets left for Aladdin, which runs until Sunday 5 January.
For more information or to book please visit www.galadurham.co.uk.
Tickets are priced from £10, with family tickets from
'I would like to thank all the staff for my treatment and their
Patient, Cardiology Department, Bishop Auckland Hospital