Student Luna Fadayel at the hospital
Students visit Children's Ward
By CSV's Natalie Wint
As part of Dare to Care’s health themed month, CSV made contact with student societies at the University of Warwick and set the challenge to put together a show for the Children’s Ward at Coventry’s University Hospital.
The show had to be flexible enough for the ward or the waiting room, and to an audience with a range of medical conditions. Five societies responded enthusiastically, and on Wednesday, February 20, a group of students with extraordinary skills, from balloon modelling and beading to magic and music theatre entertained children up and down the ward!
The afternoon began with a half an hour show in the Outpatients area, where students performed a stomping version of Gaston from Beauty and the Beast. Other numbers included I just can't wait to be King from the Lion King, with students finger clicking to the beat and a lively routine to the Greased Lightning mega mix.
Child with balloons
The rehearsals certainly paid off as they entertained a captive audience of parents and young children. CSV Action Producer Rosie King was there with them, sitting cross-legged on the floor, staring up open-mouthed at these incredibly talented performers.
Rosie said: "My favourite moment was when students from Music Theatre Warwick went into one of the smaller rooms and sang specially for a child with cerebral palsy. His movement was limited but you could see this little smile creeping onto his face, and watching the singers putting everything they had into making this little boy’s day brought a tear to my eye. It was the best possible use of an afternoon I can think of."
After the show, the students charmed the children who were bedridden but wanted to hear their favourite songs – any song from the High School Musical film was a popular choice!
Leo Miles, President of Music Theatre Warwick, said he felt it was important for the society to get involved with community work, ‘Everyone who joined in was so dedicated to the project and making it something special for the kids - it was just amazing to be part of’
Playing cards with one of the children
A couple of our creative students had been using their time well - all weekend practicing balloon sausage dogs, hats and swords for the children. On the day, their modelling was top notch and the children had a lot of fun with their new toys! There were a couple of magicians amongst the crowd too who had us all bamboozled, but wouldn’t share their secrets (boo!)
By the end of the afternoon there were lots of smiles all around the staff, parents and children on the Ward. Bigger still were those of the students who gave up some of their time to brighten a child’s day.
Volunteering can make a real difference to children, enrich their experience and improve their opportunities. And it's fun!
Do you, like our students at Warwick, have time or skills to offer? Can you take entertain kids, paint, DIY, garden, teach financial skills, run games or cook? Whatever you can do, they'd love to hear from you. Call the CSV Action Desk on 0845 900 5 300 or visit the Dare to Care or ComCat website.
last updated: 03/03/2008 at 16:07