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Scrooge cast brings Christmas magic to hospice youngsters

Scrooge the Musical visits Rainbows

The cast of Curve theatre’s Scrooge the Musical brought seasonal song to light up faces of youngsters with life-limiting conditions at Rainbows Hospice.

Cast members from the production playing at Leicester’s Curve – including EastEnders actor Danny-Boy Hatchard – performed a medley of songs from the theatre production, mixed with Christmas Carols and Disney favourites.

Performers then met youngsters, families and staff at the Loughborough-based charity before dashing back for their evening show at the Curve.

Cast member Natalie Woods said: “It has been such a privilege to perform here and see what an amazing place this is in the care and support it offers to youngsters and their families. It’s a joyous place! We just want to thank Rainbows for having us – to see the faces light up is magical.”

Rainbows supports youngsters and their families from across the East Midlands when they need it most.

Andrew Ball, Rainbows Supporter Relations Director, said: “What cast members brought to us today was very special. If we weren’t feeling fully festive before, we certainly are now. The magic of Christmas has arrived!”

Meanwhile youngster Reece Bruce (nine) was so taken with actress Lauren Stroud that he asked through sign language if he could marry her! “She’s beautiful,” he said.

And Rainbows young adult James Parkin (24) was all smiles as he was surrounded by cast members. “Really great”, he said. “Feels like Christmas!”

Rainbows Hospice has just launched its Christmas Appeal to put more smiles on faces and make memories for youngsters whose lives are too short. To donate and add to the magic visit www.rainbows.co.uk/appeal

Scrooge the Musical plays at Curve in Leicester until Sunday, 7 January, 2018.