Edinburgh Dungeon Brings Spook-tacular Entertainment to Children’s Hospital

by Alicia Simpson

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

Edinburgh Dungeon actors visit Sick Kids HospitalChildren and their families at a local hospital were treated to a spook-tacular day of fun, thanks to a surprise visit from performers from The Edinburgh Dungeon.

The Sick Kids Friends Foundation (SKFF) – which supports the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh – worked with The Edinburgh Dungeon’s charity, Merlin’s Magic Wand, to bring an early Halloween experience to the young patients.

The actors spent the day visiting wards and playrooms and using scene-setting and story-telling to bring to life some 1000 years of Scotland’s murky history, offering a creative, comedic twist to arts education.

The aim was to bring an enjoyable and relaxing distraction to what can be a stressful time and to give children and their families the chance to spend some quality time together, as they would do on any Halloween.

Fiona O’Sullivan, Arts Programme Manager at SKFF, said: “Keeping a child’s imagination alive is essential for the healing process and overall wellbeing of our patients and we work hard to create an inspiring and stimulating environment on-site.

“At SKFF, we welcome the support of individuals, groups and companies from all over Scotland to help us continue our work transforming the hospital experience for children and young people.

“This is just one of the many activities we provide to ensure their lives are less interrupted by illness and they are less scared of hospital. We’re very grateful to The Edinburgh Dungeon as their support allows us to keep doing this.”

Edward Evans, General Manager at The Edinburgh Dungeon said: “The Sick Kids Friends Foundation is an amazing organisation which does a fantastic job enriching the experience of children in hospital.

“As part of a world-wide initiative, Merlin’s Magic Wand has recently launched a local outreach project, ‘Taking the Magic to the Children’, to ensure that those prevented from visiting selected attractions still have the opportunity to experience them.

“Like SKFF, we work to make sure nothing gets in the way of being a child – no matter what the situation.”

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