CHILDREN from all over North Wales, many from Wrexham, enjoyed their very own private performance of Cinderella thanks to the hard fundraising work of the Diana community nursing team.
No fewer than 480 children suffering from life-threatening conditions had Clwyd Theatr Cymru to themselves, along with their families and staff from the Diana nursing team, who provide home-based care for ill children.
Yvonne Harding, head of nursing for child, family and community services said: “The children loved it, it’s such a treat for them.
“We had the theatre to ourselves so they could make as much noise as they wanted and we could have all the nursing support we needed on standby.
“This is the ninth year we’ve been and the theatre has always been very accommodating.
“It costs £10,000 for the day once the theatre seats have been booked and the food paid for, but it’s worth it.
“We get a lot of help from local businesses and we do a lot of fundraising work throughout the year such as bag packing.
“The children also got to meet the cast of the show which they enjoyed, seeing all the actors up close in their costumes was magical for them.
“The day is a good chance for parents to meet other parents with ill children, a lot of whom have learning disabilities, which can be very isolating, so it’s good for them to get together.”
The Diana Community Nursing Service was set up in 1999 in memory of Diana princess of Wales.