Cleveland Unit nativity melts hearts

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Children from the Cleveland Unit nursery, based at The James Cook University Hospital, melted hearts with their annual Christmas nativity.

All looked splendid as Mary and Joseph, angels, kings, shepherd and innkeepers – as well as enthusiastic singers and sign language experts!

One tired shepherd – who had clearly ventured a long way to Bethlehem – slept through the proceedings – but still managed to look fabulous in his costume.

Jennie Kitchen, manager of the nursery praised all the children who had taken part as well as the staff who had helped make the festive event such a success.

She added: “All of our children have special needs and disabilities. The staff helped them to perform and to use sign language to support our singing.

“We are also proud to say that one of our nursery children is Mali Williams-Cody who has featured in national and international media this week after her signing meeting with Santa – but all our children are stars!”

The Cleveland Unit celebrated receiving an Outstanding rating from Ofsted earlier this year.