Santa makes a Video Call to Altnagelvin

20/12/2011

Santa makes a Video Call to Altnagelvin

Children and young people in the Children’s Ward (6 & 16) in Altnagelvin Hospital recently welcomed a unique visit from the man of the moment, Santa Claus. Santa took time out of his busy schedule to talk to the children via video link live from the North Pole and sent Mrs Claus and his elves to the hospital to help give out the presents on his behalf.

The virtual visit event, which was the first of his kind for Northern Ireland, was facilitated by Cisco International.  Paul Walsh, Cisco Service Delivery Manager commented: “The video call from Santa Claus is a truly interactive experience where the children are invited to engage in conversation with Santa and tell him what they would like this Christmas. Mrs Claus and a few elves were also on the scene here today to present the children with gifts following their chat with Santa”.

One of the children who got the opportunity to speak with Santa was six year old Millie Slater: she said: “It was brilliant, Santa had my letter and read out what I wanted for Christmas. He asked me about my favourite TV shows and sung carols with me. I even got to pick a present”.

Western Health and Social Care Trust Play Specialist at Ward 6, Cathy Quinn, said: “The children have absolutely loved today. The Christmas period can be an especially difficult time to be in hospital and today has brought along a little bit of extra Christmas spirit to the ward. There are plenty of smiling faces to be seen, and this is everything we had hoped for.”

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the whole team from Cisco International as well as all our staff here for creating such a wonderful experience for the children and their parents”.