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Patients 'moved to tears' by surprise package of Christmas cheer

PUBLISHED: 16:08 16 December 2019 | UPDATED: 16:21 16 December 2019

Broadland Youth Choir brings Christmas cheer to North Walsham hospital patients. Pictures: Richard Batson

Broadland Youth Choir brings Christmas cheer to North Walsham hospital patients. Pictures: Richard Batson

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Young carol singers brought a surprise package of Christmas cheer to patients at North Walsham hospital.

Broadland Youth Choir brings Christmas cheer to patients. With hospital friends. Pictures: Richard BatsonBroadland Youth Choir brings Christmas cheer to patients. With hospital friends. Pictures: Richard Batson

Members of the Broadland Youth Choir toured the wards at the town's War Memorial Hospital, singing festive songs to appreciative patients and their visiting families.

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The treat is provided by the hospital Friends' group, which uses public donations to buy extras to improve the lives of patients, staff and visitors.

Friends' chairman Keith Jarvis said: "We get really positive feedback about our annual carols visit. Patients really enjoy it, and are sometimes moved to tears, particularly because the carols are sung by children."

Hannah Royal, musical director of the 25-strong Salhouse-based choir, said: "We are doing eight performances over Christmas ranging from a major church carol service to singing outside a supermarket - but the children say the hospital is their favourite because everyone smiles and we get lots of 'thank you' messages from families."

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