ENTERTAINMENT: Matilda magic at the Royal Hospital for Children

Caragh and her mum Marie and (below) Max with his mum Nicola.

By Lucy Ashton

Patients at the Royal Hospital for Children were given a red carpet experience on Wednesday (December 7) for a special screening of Matilda the Musical.

Staff from the Hospital, Glasgow Hospital Children’s Charity and MediCinema teamed up to give patients and their families a night to remember as they took in the famous Roald Dahl character’s latest on-screen adventure.

As well as the VIP screening, children also received a special Matilda goodie bag, complete with a book and limited edition poster. Staff also kicked off the evening with fun arts and craft activities, which included creating a one of a kind Matilda-themed banner.

Enjoying the Hollywood experience was Matilda “Tilly” Fraser, who was there to see her on-screen namesake with her mum Mandy.

Mandy said: “We had to take Matilda to see Matilda! Ever since she has been little, Tilly has always loved the story, she has the book, loves the first film and when the musical was on in Edinburgh we had a mummy and daughter day out to go and see it. To be able to get to see the musical here was brilliant for her.

“It’s been a tough few weeks for Tilly, but things have been getting better in the last few days. Getting to go and see Matilda the Musical topped off the good news.”

Born three months premature, Tilly spent the first seven months of her life in the neonatal ICU and has been in and out of hospital over the years with respiratory issues. She has been in the RHC for the last 30 days, with her 12th birthday also falling during this time. But her family were still able to make it as special a day as possible, with staff on hand to help get the ward ready for her celebrations.

Mandy added: “All of the staff have been amazing during our time here, they cannot do enough for Tilly and our family. They give us so much support, they are brilliant with Tilly they do whatever they can to make her feel better, happier and have her laughing. They do everything they can to facilitate any chance for a child to get a treat while they are in hospital.”

Pictures by Royal Hospital for Children

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