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TV star visits hospital to launch new service

Posted: 30 September 2016
Jodi-Ann Gayle, Communications Officer

The winner of the Great British Bake Off, Nadiya Hussain, and the Starlight Children's Foundation (a wish granting charity) brought a ray of sunshine to our children’s ward at Watford Hospital last week (Tuesday 20 September).

Picture of Nadiya Hussain, the winner of the Great British Bake Off, The Starlight Foundation has launched a new in-house hospital service called ‘Captain Starlight’, and chose Starfish ward to introduce it. In addition, one of our long term patients has been asked to be their 'star' child and the face of their Captain Starlight visits.

The new initiative will help to improve and support children’s stay in hospital through entertainment, arts and crafts and play.

Nadiya said: "As a child I spent a lot of time in hospital because my brother and sister were unwell. I’ve experienced first-hand how boring, and at times scary, growing up in a hospital can be.

"The in-hospital services that Starlight provides are game changers for sick children and their families. The Captain Starlight programme will help hospitalised children, young people and their families by distracting them from their illness and pain by using entertainment and engagement.”

Helen Cripps, play specialist at Watford Hospital: said: "We were absolutely thrilled to have Nadiya visit the ward. The patients and their families were very happy to meet her and it really cheered them up. We were also very excited that Starlight Children's Foundation chose Starfish Ward to launch their Captain Starlight visits in the UK. They were great fun and we are looking forward to their next visit.”

Neil Swan, CEO, Starlight, said: "We’re very excited to be launching this new in-hospital service in our 30th year. Captain Starlight will enhance Starlight’s already extensive hospital programme and help more children than ever forget that they are unwell during hospital and hospital stays.”

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  1. For more information, please contact Jodi-Ann Gayle, Communications Officer in the Trust’s communications department on telephone: 01923 436 281 or email: info@whht.nhs.uk. Out of hours, please call 07900 228 031.
  2. West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust is a large acute trust serving people from across Hertfordshire, north London and further afield. It operates from three sites at Watford, St Albans and Hemel Hempstead hospitals and sees about 600,000 patients a year. We are one of the largest employers locally, with around 4,500 staff and volunteers.