Staff and visitors to Walsall Manor Hospital wished it could be Christmas every day when its festive lights were switched on – accompanied by reindeer and some fun-filled panto cheer.
A crowd gathered around the tree to coo over reindeer Mistletoe and George, share their wish lists with Santa and enjoy the Wyrley Pretenders’ performance of two songs from Jack and the Beanstalk at today’s special seasonal event.
Professor David Loughton CBE, Chief Executive of Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, welcomed everyone before handing over to Deputy Mayor of Walsall Councillor Chris Towe who echoed his thanks to staff for all they do to care for and support patients in the borough and beyond. Councillor Towe also praised Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust’s Well Wishers charity for all its good work.
After a blessing by the Chaplaincy – Spiritual Care Team and some carol singing, members of the panto cast did the honours and switched on the lights to many a cheer.
The reindeer had been up on the Children’s Ward prior to the switch-on where young patients were delighted to see them.
Two-year-old Freddie, who was visiting his poorly baby brother Arthur, said: “I loved seeing them and they were very good.”
Kaddy, aged seven, said: “When I learned about them at school I didn’t think I would be seeing them in real life! This has been very, very exciting.”
Today’s festive treat was organised through Well Wishers which is also Wyrley Pretenders’ chosen charity this year.
Fundraising Manager Georgie Westley said: “Everyone had a fantastic time today and I’m sure we’ve spread some Christmas spirit.
“The reindeer were a real hit with everyone and the panto cast entertained us all. Thank you to everyone – including Santa – who made it such a lovely occasion.”