ALADDIN panto stars and their magic lamp have helped make a wish come true for the Little Lives Appeal.
For the neonatal unit appeal, now in its very final stages, has received a magical £17,000 cheque from Milton Keynes Theatre.
The cash was collected by passing round buckets among the audiences at panto showings all over the festive season.
Theatre staff chose the Citizen-backed appeal in support of their technical manger Jason Wright and his partner, former box office employee Lauren Triggs.
The couple’s daughter arrived nine weeks early and her life was saved by the hospital’s neonatal unit.
Said Lauren: The care and devotion provided by the unit is something to which we will forever be indebted.
“Every little life the unit saves to thanks to the remarkable work of the staff there.”
The Little Lives appeal aims to raise £250,000 to extend and refurbish the unit, which helps hundreds of sick and premature babies every year.
This week panto star Camilla Dallerup, of TV’s Strictly come Dancing fame, paid a special visit to the neonatal unit to present the final cheque and meet the staff and babies.
She was accompanied by MK Theatre front of house team member Rachael Dean-Corke, who was a Little Lives baby herself.
Hospital fundraising manager Vanessa Holmes said: “This will make a real difference. We are delighted to have been the chosen charity for the panto.”