Friday, 21 December 2012

Skype at Christmas

We rely on Skype ourselves, the boys enjoy seeing their grandparents, aunty and uncle and cousins, who live so far away, we do not get to see them very often unfortunately.  They can interact so much more seeing each other’s faces, how they respond to their jokes and silly antics.  But Skype can mean lots more.

It is really moving watching this video seeing how technology can really make a difference to people’s lives.  Seeing children animated and happy watching a pantomime remotely is very touching.  It is wonderful that Skype can be there to support and engage everyone.  For children who are restricted to a hospital bed, it’s more magical to bring the Christmas spirit to them, having the chance to see the pantomime and laugh and giggle as if they were actually there themselves.  It must be so hard for the parents knowing their children will not be home for Christmas, but it seems various companies and of course the staff at the hospital really know how to make a difference at this time of year.  Who would think you would be able to see Peter Pan live from Llandudno’s Venue Cymru all the way at the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.

I was really saddened to read in the newspaper about presents having been stolen from this hospital, presents bought from the charity fund.  People tirelessly fundraise to bring cheer to the children there at Christmas and its heart wrenching to read that anyone would be so callous as to steal these.  But companies like Skype give me hope for the good in the world.  I think as parents we need to know about that good.  I admit I brushed away a tear watching this video.

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