Skittle Man brings the party to Queen’s Hospital
PUBLISHED: 10:00 05 December 2018
A hospital ward in Romford was made to look and sound like a children’s party after a special visit from the Skittle Man at Queen’s Hospital.
Skittle Man, a children’s entertainer who also goes by the name of Craig Gallimore, regularly visits Queen’s Hospital in Rom Valley Way, to put on a show, funded by the children’s charity Pod, which aims to keep children entertained in hospital.
For his visit on Tuesday, November 27, he put on a show for several young haematology patients, who were spending around six hours in hospital to have a regular blood transfusions.
The Skittle Man’s show brought light relief not only for the children, but their parents too.
Linda Arnaah, whose son Carlin was one of the children having a blood transfusion, said: “He has to have a transfusion every four weeks as he has sickle cell, and that means several hours in hospital.
“Having the entertainment really makes a difference or else he’d be so bored. He really enjoys it and I think it’s also good for their overall health and wellbeing.”
Skittle Man Craig added: “I’ve been doing this for 21 years and I absolutely love it. Often I come in and some of the kids might be a bit grumpy, so to see them smiling and laughing is great.
“I love coming away knowing I’ve made a difference.”