On Saturday 2nd December, Chelsea Children’s Hospital Charity held their children’s Christmas party at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. They were joined by around 150 children who have been treated at Chelsea Children’s Hospital this year, along with their families and some very special guests. Liam Charles from this year’s Great British Bake Off helped the kids create showstoppers on the cookie stall. “Liam was delightful and a huge hit with all ages – from the youngest children to parents and grandparents! It made so many people’s days to meet him,” said Rebecca McLoughlin, charity manager.
Top drum and bass band Rudimental chatted to their young fans and posed for photos. UK beatboxing champion Grace Savage impressed the kids with her vocals then held a workshop to share her sound-making secrets. Characters including Darth Vader, Batman and Bat Woman; Spider-Man; Peppa Pig and Bob the Builder joined in the fun. The party also included fantastic performances by children. A choir from local music school Music’all sang magical, Christmassy songs while Cornwall-based Animate from the Big Dance Company treated guests to exciting choreography and high-energy moves. Senior Nursing Sister Sara Ashworth, dressed in character as Elsa, wowed the little ones with songs from the movie Frozen along with her friends Daisy and Luke as Anna and the prince. “We had around 50 in-patients on the children’s wards, and they were so happy when Santa visited them at their beds to give out gifts,” said hospital play worker Patricia Hayward. “The children were also treated to a brilliant performance by our Frozen singers, which they loved.” “We’ve had a really tough year as our toddler has cancer, so it’s lovely to relax and have fun as a family. Thank you,” said one mum as her family headed home.
“Being in hospital for any length of time can be difficult, for the child and also their family,” said Rebecca McLoughlin, Charity Manager. “We’re so glad that we can show the children another side of our hospital.”