Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 14:15

The Eden Project’s Father Christmas and his merry elves brought some seasonal cheer to patients on Eden Ward at the Royal Cornwall Hospital (Treliske).

Eden has a special relationship with the women’s ward since it was renamed after the project two years ago.

Father Christmas, two of his elf helpers and Eden Chief Executive Gordon Seabright called in with gifts of baobab and lemongrass hand creams on Wednesday.

Lorraine Sole, Matron of Eden Ward, said: "The visit makes such a difference to everyone. They have been looking forward to it all day and last year the patients kept talking about it afterwards.

"We all really enjoy and appreciate seeing Eden’s Father Christmas and elves."

Gordon said: "We are so proud that the staff and patients of Eden Ward chose to associate themselves with the Eden Project.

"We love that this time of year we are able to divert Father Christmas and his elves from their duties at Eden to spend a bit of time bringing some Christmas cheer to everyone on Eden Ward."

In 2015, staff and patients on what used to be called Tolgus Ward decided to rename it Eden Ward because Eden is so popular among them.

Eden has helped brighten the blank walls of the ward’s day room by donating two beautifully-framed prints prepared by its design team and commissioning a mural inspired by the Rainforest Biome by acclaimed artist Rhiannon Van Muysen, who works at the project.

The new Father Christmas show is one of the main attractions at Eden this December along with the new Festival of Light and Sound laser extravaganza featuring live music, magical ice skating and a giant igloo with twinkling snowfall.

There are also festive horticulture displays, craft activities and a chance to see the Rainforest Biome by night.

All details of the Festival of Light and Sound including Father Christmas and ice-skating dates and costs are available on