A FAMOUS pirate took a break from the treacherous Caribbean seas to spend time with children at an Oxford hospice.

Helen & Douglas House held a pirate-themed party last week, welcoming an award-winning Captain Jack Sparrow and Johnny Depp lookalike as their special guest.


Captain Jack with members of the Henry Allen Trust

More than 60 children, family members and staff gathered in the hospice's garden in Magdalen Road last Wednesday, enjoying pretend sword fights with Captain Jack and themed games including palm tree skittles.

The Henry Allen Trust donated pirate outfits, party bags and other items, and helped to arrange the star guest.

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The charity provides support to children and their families battling childhood cancer, and was founded in memory of two-year-old Henry Allen, who was able to spend his final days at home thanks to support from the hospice.

Other guests included Farms2ewe, which brought animals including guinea pigs, rabbits, mice, hamsters, ducklings and goslings.


Nathan Best with Farms2ewe animals

Jack Mead from Thame, four, was among children who enjoyed the party.

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His mum Mary said: "It’s the first time we have been to a pirate party, so we dressed for the occasion and had a blast.

"We felt so welcomed as we always are when visiting the hospice - the staff can never do enough for us.

"The real show-stopper of the day was Captain Jack Sparrow, who was so engaging with the children and their families. Jack found him very amusing."