Hampshire Hospitals staff wow the audience at annual show

Hampshire Hospitals staff steal the show at annual hospital pantomime

STAFF from Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust took to the stage to perform in the annual hospital pantomime, where they wowed the audience and raised funds for good causes.

Those who were lucky enough to get tickets were entertained as clinical and non-clinical staff performed side-by-side in an exciting re-telling of the classic story of Peter Pan.

The pantomime, aptly named Peter Bedpan, featured a variety of staff from across Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Andover War Memorial Hospital, Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital and Royal Hampshire County Hospital.

The pantomime, which took place at the Haymarket theatre in Basingstoke on Saturday 12 January, showcased just some of the many talents of the staff at Hampshire Hospitals. The spectacular cast included an emergency department doctor starring as Peter Pan and a trauma nurse practitioner in the role of Wendy, who prepared for the show alongside their day jobs caring for patients.

Members of staff including a speciality administrator and a recruitment advisor, who usually play a vital role keeping the hospitals running behind the scenes, found themselves front and centre as they dazzled in the show as the loyal family pet and Captain Hook.

The Mantons HHFT Band, which is made up of consultants and the Trust’s chief medical officer, Dr Andrew Bishop, provided the live soundtrack on the night.

Between the matinee and evening performances, it is hoped that the show will have raised more than £4,500, including £600 raised from programme sales and generous donations on the big day.

The money raised will be split between the North Hampshire Medical Fund, which buys life-saving equipment for the Trust’s three hospitals, Winchester Hospice, which is raising money to bring a hospice to the city, and the Hampshire Hospitals Palliative Care team. A smaller amount will also go to the Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity, which was granted the royalties to Peter Pan by author JM Barrie.

Julie Jones, who directed and produced the pantomime, as well as playing the narrator, said:

Everything went really well on the day and we put on a great show. Everyone had such a good time performing and the audiences were amazing!

I want to say a big thank you to everyone who came along to see Peter Bedpan. It was a huge success, so well worth all those rehearsals! Of course we couldn’t do this without the tremendously talented staff who gave up their time to take part in the show, so a huge thank you and well done to them all, including the, actors, dancers and backstage crew who kept everything running smoothly.

Photo: Hampshire Hospitals staff wow the audience at annual show

Photos below 1.Recruitment advisor Jonathan Mckenzie played Captain Hook and 2. Hospital staff performing as Tinkercrashbell and Peter Bedpan

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