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Magician Helps Magic Up Big Smiles

14 August

A visit by a magician to Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust conjured up big smiles for children staying in hospital.

Magician Barrington Powell used his box of tricks to help brighten up the days of and act as a distraction for the youngsters being treated on the Rainbow Ward.

The event was organised by Pod Children’s Charity, as part of a nationwide project which organises entertainment for children in hospital using magic, puppets and balloons to cheer up the patients and their families and allow them time to have fun, and maybe forget for a little while that they are in hospital. Each month POD entertains 2,500 children across 150 UK hospitals.

The magician’s visit came as a welcome distraction for young James, who had his arm in a cast, and said the magician was really good, and was impressed with the tricks and liked getting involved.

James Welsby’s mum was very positive about it and described it as bringing light relief to the ward, He was engaging and very lively – his energy was infectious and everyone really enjoyed the show.


The parents of little Evie Grimshaw said: “He was brilliant and very jolly. He managed to put some adult humour in there too and this was great as parents also have to spend a lot of time here too.

Play Specialist Fiona Kilgariff said: “It is so important to make hospital child friendly and a positive experience. With the support from Pod, we are able to break up the boredom and frustration that some children feel when admitted to hospital. It brings families and patients together, and provides a release of tension from the stresses that being a patient can bring to the patient and their families. The POD magician always makes people laugh and gives them a chance to be a bit silly and amazed by the magic. When we see smiling, we know that we have helped make their stay that little bit nicer.”

The visit was sponsored by Gulliver’s World.