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Christmas Nutcracker production brought magic to Acorn's Children Hospice

Sarah Mason 12th Dec, 2018

DANCERS from Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Christmas production The Nutcracker brought some fairytale magic to Acorns Children’s Hospice.

Children and families were joined by dancers Rosanna Ely, Eilis Small and Hamish Scott and first artist Aitor Galende, dressed in full costume for the Christmas lights switch on.

As dusk fell at the Selly Oak hospice, visitors came together for the annual ‘Light up a Life’ Christmas celebrations.

Joining them were Chris Reed, head of care at Acorns in Birmingham, who said: “Christmas is a magical time at the hospice, but it can be hard for our families.

“The support we get at Christmas and throughout the year is really appreciated and ensures that we can continue our vital work.”

In the past year, the charity has cared for more than 870 children and supported more than 1,140 families, including those who are bereaved.

David Watson, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s director of brand and advocacy, said: “It’s a huge thrill for our dancers to bring so much joy at Christmas when the hospice provides so much love and support to children and their families.

“Acorns do a fabulous job throughout the year and it was a great to be able to let our dancers spread a little of the magic of the ballet.”

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