David Hasselhoff, star of Baywatch and Nightrider, brought some of the magic of pantomine to Bristol Royal Hospital for Children. David, who has been starring as Captain Hook in the Bristol Hippodrome's production of Peter Pan bought wands and swords for children at the hospital's Play Centre and met those not well enough to attend the pantomine.

David said:

I am very honoured to have been invited to meet the children at the hospital. I believe if you are blessed it is your moral obligation to give that blessing back to someone else. I want to do what I can to support Above & Beyond which raises funds to help the city centre hospitals and the wonderful work that all the doctors and nurses at the Children’s Hospital do.This is truly a hofftastic charity which I thoroughly support .  It is such a pleasure to be able to meet children at the hospital and some of the great nurses and play-workers there, as well as Sarah from the charity. I hope to spread some of the beliefs of Peter Pan.

Sarah Talbot-Williams, Chief Executive of Above & Beyond said:

“We are so grateful to David Hasselhoff for making time in his busy performing schedule to bring some 'Hoff Magic' to children who are not well enough to go to the pantomime.  His visit is giving a real boost to the Children’s Hospital – and it’s lovely that he is making time to meet both younger children in the Play Centre and older children. 

“We are especially pleased that David will be seeing the wonderful work of Elaine and her team the Play Centre which our charity is very committed to supporting.   Play is so important for children in hospital, offering fun and distraction and also having a key therapeutic role to play in preparing children for and helping them to cope with necessary treatments.”

Above & Beyond have been supplying the Children's Hospital Play Centre with games, toys and craft materials for over five years.

Pictured is David and the Above & Beyond team.  Photography with kind permission Chris Cronin