Blythe House Hospice staff put on a show for patients

The cast of Dick Whittington, performed at Blythe House Hospice in Chapel-en-le-Frith.
The cast of Dick Whittington, performed at Blythe House Hospice in Chapel-en-le-Frith.

Blythe House staff certainly went the extra mile to spread some Christmas cheer and raise spirits over the festive period.

Clinical staff members at the Chapel-en-le-Frith hospice decided their take on the traditional family tale Dick Whittington would be a great way to spread the joy of the season and to give something back to the patients.

The cast of Dick Whittington, performed at Blythe House Hospice in Chapel-en-le-Frith.

The cast of Dick Whittington, performed at Blythe House Hospice in Chapel-en-le-Frith.

The small cast spent weeks planning, preparing and practicing for their pantomime debut, which went down a storm.

The crowd cheered and heckled as they showcased their acting expertise, and the play was very much enjoyed by patients, volunteers and staff, a hospice spokesman revealed.

Hospice director Janet Dunphy said: “It was a fine example of the spirit of the community of the High Peak, a community which Blythe House puts at its heart.”

Senior staff nurses Claire Rimmer and Karen Clayton explained that for them ‘this was our Christmas present to the patients’-. They added: “We certainly couldn’t have pulled it off without the help of actor and volunteer, Gerard Riley, from Glossop.

The cast of Dick Whittington, performed at Blythe House Hospice in Chapel-en-le-Frith.

The cast of Dick Whittington, performed at Blythe House Hospice in Chapel-en-le-Frith.

“After lots of very positive feedback we believe this could be something that could go from strength to strength and even possibly become a yearly thing.”

Claire, Karen and Gerard were joined by Joanne Barber, Freida Henley, Rachel Jennings, Cherie Hawtin, Emma Richards and Liza Bradbury.