Fairytale legend brings smile to Leeds children’s ward

Snow White (Jasmine Whally) with Ben Kelly, seven, and his mum Kerrie Chester during her visit to Leeds General Infirmary'. PIC: Will Ashton
Snow White (Jasmine Whally) with Ben Kelly, seven, and his mum Kerrie Chester during her visit to Leeds General Infirmary'. PIC: Will Ashton
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Young patients at Leeds General Infirmary were left spellbound when a fairytale visitor dropped in.

Snow White lookalike Jasmine Whalley enchanted children on the hospital’s general medical and surgical wards yesterday. They chatted to her and had their pictures taken.

It was the latest in a series of school holiday visits by characters from classic Disney films.

Play specialist team leader Emma Marshall said Snow White’s arrival brought smiles all round.

“The kids loved it.” she said. “A lot of these children, especially in the acute wards, have been here for a long period of time.

“We’ve got one young lady who has been in hospital for about three months and her little face lit up. It’s just not something they see every day.

“As much as the play team try to try and keep them entertained, you can’t replicate the kind of buzz these visits create.”

The guest appearance was arranged by Dave Anthony Entertainments, based in Monk Fryston between Leeds and Selby.

The company has also provided free visits from the likes of Cinderella and Rapunzel. There are reports Belle, from Beauty and the Beast, could also be set to make an appearance.

Mrs Marshall, who runs a team which uses play as a form of therapy, as well as a distraction for the youngsters, said the visits had health benefits – and provided a timely boost for children spending the summer in hospital.

She said: “It certainly does lighten their situation and their mood. We’ve had children that have been withdrawn and quiet and this can bring them out of themselves.

“The summer is a long break and we often get the siblings of patients spending a lot of 
time here with them, so it can provide entertainment and fun for the family as well as the inpatients.”

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