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Dick Whittington cast visit Naomi House & Jacksplace

This week Panto went to Naomi House & Jacksplace.

Dick Whittington’s Cat (played by Jessie Angell), Fairy Bow Bells (Libby Gore) and Alderman (Jon Bonner, who also appears as Captain and Sultan in the panto) visited the children and young people staying for respite care at the specialist hospice near Winchester.

They introduced themselves to the children and young people, and told them about the story of Dick Whittington – a man who seeks his fame and fortune in a London ravaged by the sinister King Rat.

Next it was time for songs, and with Jon playing the guitar, he, Jessie and Libby entertained the group, including families and staff members, with Christmas favourites including Jingle Bells, Frosty the Snowman, Silent Night, We Wish You A Merry Christmas - and more.

Everyone, including one or two of the adults, joined in singing and dancing; shaking sleigh bells and tambourines. There was a lot of cheer, smiles and laughter in the room.

It was a wonderful visit, with Jessie, Libby and Jon saying it was a great honour to be asked to go, to meet the children and young people, and hopefully bring some sparkle and joy during the festive season; and to witness the extraordinary work that the staff do there.

We thank Naomi House and Jacksplace for having us – and hope to visit again sometime.

Naomi House and Jacksplace hospices provide expert care to children and young people in Hamphshire, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Dorset, Isle of Wight and beyond.

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