Performing arts supported learning students transformed themselves into forest trees that travelled to the Walsall Manor Hospital to bring festive cheer to patients.
The ‘trees’ visited a number of wards to sing Christmas songs (a mixture of traditional tunes and more recent hit songs). They also performed a short comic sketch about some grumpy trees waiting to be chopped down and taken to peoples’ homes for the holidays.
Tanya Lewis, Supported Learning Pathway Leader at Walsall College said: “Christmas can be a difficult and emotional time for hospital patients and their families. We wanted them to know that there are people out there who are thinking of them.
“The students gave great some performances and then handed out chocolates to patients and visitors. They enjoyed meeting different people; many of whom told them how much they enjoyed the show.”
The performance came about when a hospital representative invited the college to create some entertainment for everyone. The students were already keen to do some community work as part of their tutorial project on positive communities and British values. With this in mind and following two weeks of rehearsals, their show was ready.