The cast of the Gala pantomime visited Treetops, the children’s ward at the University Hospital of North Durham, to meet patients, parents and staff.
Dressed in full costume Hazel Pude, James Hedley, Sally Collett and Paul Hartley brought their Christmas alter egos, Cinderella, Prince Charming, the Fairy Godmother and Buttons, to give youngsters a boost before the Christmas period.
Writer, director and actor Paul Hartley said: “Having two little girls myself I was extremely honoured to be asked to go to Treetops and help raise some smiles for Christmas.
“The bravery displayed by the children was great to see.
“And the great attitude of the staff and the parents, who often work under extremely difficult and trying circumstances, was an inspiration.”
Cinderella began a six week run on November 26 to rave reviews, with critics praising its “wonderful set, terrific lighting, top-class dancers, eye-catching costumes and live music.”
The show runs until Sunday 3 January 2016 with tickets, priced from £8, available by calling the Gala Box Office on 03000 266 600, or online at www.galadurham.co.uk.