Thank You for Giving the Gift of Theatre

Posted on 4 January 2015

Thanks to the generosity of individuals and businesses across the region, we have exceeded our £11,000 target for this year’s Give the Gift of Theatre campaign, raising £11,380.70, which has enabled even more families facing financial hardship and children spending Christmas in hospital to enjoy a performance of panto.

This year’s campaign has so far provided over 160 pantomime tickets for families facing financial hardship at Christmas with a further 250 people, referred through Coventry Foodbanks’ partners, scheduled to enjoy a performance in the New Year.

Building on the success of previous campaigns, monies raised through this year’s Give The Gift Of Theatre Campaign have also helped support a specially recorded performance of Aladdin which was delivered to University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire, Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Acorns Hospice plus selected Nursing Homes around the city including The Beaufort, Charnwood House, Herald Lodge, and Keresley Wood last week.

Donations were received from generous individuals and businesses including Jaguar Land Rover, D Drill, Shortland Horne, Isaacs Financial Services and Barclays Bank who organised a fundraising day in the city centre branch on Friday 12 December, featuring a special guest appearance from Belgrade panto stars Wishee Washee and Widow Twankey.

This year’s campaign also saw local businesses from across Coventry and Warwickshire compete to be crowned pantomime champion in Broadgate’s first ever Dame Race. Other fundraising activities undertaken this year as part of National Panto Day included a bag-pack at Morrisons on Holyhead Road, Tesco Walsgrave and a festive Bake Off organised by Belgrade Theatre staff.

The Belgrade Theatre Trust (Coventry) Ltd is a registered charity (No 219163), so all of the money raised and earned by the theatre is reinvested in the services it provides to the local community. Amongst other things, these services include, creating and staging high quality productions on the Main Stage and in B2, working with young people and local communities via the Community & Education Company and developing the careers of young people who want to work in the arts.