Praizin’ Hands Puppet Group hosts festive performance

Naomi House staff with Praizin

Local Southampton-based puppet group, Praizin’ Hands recently hosted a Christmas performance at Naomi House & Jacksplace.

The team, made up of volunteers, set up their own stage and sets within the hospices and performed the Christmas story to children, young adults and families visiting. 

Son sat on dad
Mum clapping hands next to son in red top with dad beside them
Little boy on mum
Puppet with red jumper on holding guitar

After the show, the puppets went to meet each individual child and young adult.

Young man looking up at black and white spotted puppet, smiling
Little boy looking up at sheep puppet with carer next to him smiling

Beverly Eyres from Praizin’ Hands Puppet Group, said:

It was a privilege to visit Naomi House & Jacksplace to share the Christmas story using puppets, music and drama. Praizin' Hands is a charity made up of volunteers and they have been visiting over 20 schools and a residential home over the last month. It was wonderful to perform at Naomi House & Jacksplace for our final day. It is a very special place and the love and care the staff have for the children and young people is wonderful.

— Beverly Eyres, Praizin’ Hands Puppet Group
Young man in festive jumper and hat smiling with Naomi House carer
Naomi House carer holding hands and smiling with young woman in wheelchair

Praizin’ Hands has supported Naomi House & Jacksplace hospices for over 10 years. The puppet group even showed their support during lockdown, where they created a video message for the hospices to share with children, staff and families.

Naomi House staff member in red top and young man smiling at each other

Claire Potterton, Head of Play & Activities at Naomi House & Jacksplace, said:

Thank you so much to everyone at Praizin’ Hands Puppet Group for volunteering to perform and spread some festive joy at Naomi House & Jacksplace. By bringing live performances to the hospice, the children, young adults and families can relax and enjoy the experience in an environment that is accessible, safe and familiar, without the additional challenges that going to the theatre may entail.

Thank you for all the years of continued support and we look forward to seeing you again in 2024!

— Claire Potterton, Head of Play & Activities

Praizin’ Hands Puppet Group was set up in 2003 in Hythe, Southampton. The charity has several teams, and they often perform at churches, community fun days, pre-schools, schools, toddler groups and care homes.

Sheep puppet playing guitar
Puppet with green Xmas pudding jumper on and yellow hair

Christmas at Naomi House & Jacksplace

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Little boy in red top sat on dad