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04 May 2016

Starlight Storytellers Tour is just what the doctor ordered at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children

This spring, Starlight Children's Foundation will bring a big dose of sunshine to poorly children at Bristol Children's Hospitalwhen its amazing Storytellers Tour pays a visit on 4 May at 3pm.

Starlight is national charity that grants wishes for seriously and terminally ill children and provides entertainment in hospitals and hospices across theUK. The eight week long Starlight Storytellers Tour will visit 92 children's wards across the country.

This year's stories have been produced exclusively for Starlight by The Panto Company who will perform Alice in Wonderland, Little Red Riding Hood and Pinocchio. Fully interactive, these adaptations of the well-loved children's classics are full of fun and young patients will get to laugh and cheer as the four actors sing, dance and perform for them, their families and the staff. Starlight Cast

Lynne Barlow, Play Services Manager at Bristol Children's Hospital, said: "We use play to help distract children from the pain and anxiety that they might be feeling as a result of their illness and there's nothing like a good story to capture a child's imagination. The children are always very excited ahead of a visit from the Starlight Storytellers Tour and we are very grateful to Starlight for providing the opportunity for our young patients to forget their illness for a short while and simply have some fun."

Every year, Starlight provides entertainment and distraction to over half a million poorly children and the Starlight Storytellers Tour will give thousands of poorly children the chance to escape their illness and enter the magical world of storytelling, all from the safety of the hospital ward. 

Neil Swan, Chief Executive of Starlight Children's Foundation, said: "All of Starlight's activities are aimed at distracting children from the pain and anxiety that they might be feeling as a result of their illness. The Starlight's Storytellers Tour is now in its third year and always proves extremely popular with hospitals and hospices alike. We're delighted to be able to bring storytelling and fun to poorly children and we hope that the stories will be just what the doctor ordered!"

Matt Lee-Alliston, Managing Director of The Panto Company, said: "We're thrilled to be working with Starlight again to bring interactive storytelling to so many seriously ill children. Our acting troupe can't wait to hit the road and bring the magic of Starlight storytelling to children's wards across the country."

The Starlight Storytellers Tour starts on Monday 11th April at Evelina Children's Hospital, London and ends on Saturday 4th June at Grace House,Sunderland.