The usual team of window cleaners at a Canadian hospital were replaced by a gang of superheroes, delighting the young patients inside.
Spiderman, Batman, Iron Man, Superman, Thor and GI Joe assembled earlier this week at the Kingston General Hospital in Ontario for three hours of cheering window cleaning. The hospital's photographer was on hand to capture the reaction on the wards and the pictures have been shared widely on social media.
Chris Stoness, 33 headed up the team of superhero window cleaners.
"This was the first time in 10 years of window cleaning I've done something like this."
"Everybody picked a Superhero who was the best fit for their personality . Though as the boss I got Batman as it was the warmest costume - it was 36C outside - and no one wanted to be Batman". Chris described the effect the stunt had both on the children and himself, "some of those kids were very sick and frail but they were laughing and waving. It was a unique personal experience to help them escape."
"I wasn't prepared for how much of an impact it would have on the kids - to see a sick child in a full body cast forget that they are in a full body cast for a second is pretty great."
Marcia McFarlane, 42, the supervisor on the children's ward had the idea of doing it at the hospital. She said: "The giggles and laughs you heard from the hall made the whole day worth it. I felt that I must do something like this "
"We were ecstatic with the impact it had not just here but all over the world. Children admitted to hospital feel vulnerable and powerless. This made them feel powerful."
Katie Stewart, 62, a Child Life specialist on the ward has worked there for 15 years, said there was an added benefit to the idea.
"It was a really hot day and the window cleaners must have been sweltering but they really took their time with the kids. They took much longer than normal so the windows are now super clean."