Children from Wrexham schools have been praised for spreading Christmas cheer by singing for hospice patients.

Over the Christmas period, patients at Nightingale House Hospice have had lots of fun activities to look forward to - including visits from children at Alexandra School and Rhosddu School, who came to perform festive songs.

Staff and volunteers dressed the hospice with Christmas decorations in anticipation of the festive activities throughout December. Although they came to Nightingale House on separate days, the schoolchildren brought a buzz of excitement with them when they came to sing for the patients.

Rebecca Ffoulkes, a teacher at Alexandra School, said: "When we asked the children if they would like to perform at Nightingale House Hospice, they were overjoyed. 

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"The children love giving back to the community, and what better way to spread festive cheer than by singing a few songs."

On both occasions, the children were fully equipped with their singing voices and fun dance moves that the patients enjoyed watching.

Ms Ffoulkes added: "The children have been rehearsing for their Christmas Pantomime 'Aladdin' for the past month and have worked incredibly hard. 

"When asked what their favourite part was, the children responded with 'putting a smile on people's faces', which they certainly achieved with their performance. 

"Staff and parents are very proud of how respectful and wonderfully they performed."

Watching the children perform helped bring the festive spirit into the Wrexham hospice.

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Peter Taylor, a patient in the Day Centre, said: "It was excellent, and the children enjoyed it, which is important. 

"It was an excellent performance. A memory they should remember forever, I hope."

Zara Jebb, a teacher at Rhosddu School, said: "We think that it's important that the children understand the whole cycle of life and that we all as a society have a better understanding of how we deal with end-of-life care. 

"It is important to have this conversation and one we have with the children.

"The children have been rehearsing the Christmas carols, ready for their performance. They have been excited to make a difference to other people rather than just being about them at Christmas."