Sick kids enjoy some super cheer

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Last updated 05:00 28/06/2014
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TIME FOR A SMILE: Patients were entertained by superheroes during their visit to the children’s ward at Christchurch Hospital.

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An impromptu visit from a band of superheroes has lifted the spirits of sick children at Christchurch Hospital.

The visit yesterday was part of the "outrageous bursts of all right" campaign run by the All Right? organisation.

Noah Western, 7, received a foam sword, which he tested against Mr Incredible.

His mother, Jill, said the visit had made her son's day.

Ben Gorman, 5, said his favourite comic was Spider-Man, which was fitting as he was given an action figure by the superhero himself.

The band of superheroes, which also included Batman, Iron Man, Super Woman, Captain America, Black Widow, and Christchurch's own Flat Man, entertained children and gave out gifts.

The visit concluded with Batman and Spider-Man abseiling down the sides of the hospital, waving and high-fiving children through their windows.

Public health manager Sue Turner said the visit "really shows how little things can mean a lot to people, even when times are tough for them. We know we can't solve the myriad of complex issues Cantabrians are facing but we can all do things to brighten their days."

All Right? is a Healthy Christchurch project led by the Mental Health Foundation and the Canterbury District Health Board.

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