07 December 2016
From sleigh to screen, Santa goes digital to wish Bristol Royal Hospital for Children a Merry Christmas
Christmas came early to children at Bristol Royal Hospital for
Children as Santa embraced the power of digital technology. With
the help of video communications technology from Cisco, Santa has
made a virtual visit live from the North Pole to the hospital on 7
December to hear the children's Christmas wishes.
Cisco's Connected Santa programme gives young patients and their
families the opportunity to speak directly to Santa, while Santa's
elf helpers will be on hand at the hospital to share gifts with the
children in person. Cisco uses its Telepresence videoconferencing
solutions and its new cloud-based collaboration application, Spark,
to make the virtual experience possible.
"Spreading Christmas cheer to patients and their families at a
time when they may not otherwise be able to enjoy the season is
really important," said Lynne Barlow, play services manager at
Bristol Royal Hospital for Children. "Being part of Cisco's
Connected Santa programme means that children who might not be able
to go home over Christmas can still enjoy the magic it brings, by
getting to speak with Santa at his busiest time of year."
"For many children, visiting Santa, and telling him what they
want for Christmas is one of the most exciting parts of the holiday
season. But for those in hospital this tradition can often be
missed," said Scot Gardner, Chief Executive, Cisco UK and Ireland.
"We're delighted to be able to utilise the power of our digital
technology and work with Bristol Royal Hospital for Children
through our Connected Santa programme. Helping to bring that
Christmas joy to the ward and put smiles on the faces of the
children, their family and friends."
To track the progress of Santa and his elves, follow @CiscoUKI and the hashtag
#connectedsanta or visit here.
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