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Making Memories

Making Memories

A visit to the theatre is a magical experience and often a treasured memory. Unfortunately, due to financial hardship or illness, many families across Coventry and Warwickshire are not able to make these memories.

Following on from a fantastic Making Memories campaign in 2017 we set an ambitious target, to raise £8,400 which would help 700 people access theatre at the Belgrade, with tickets to watch our pantomime Sleeping Beauty. Once again, we partnered with Coventry Foodbank to ensure those most in need benefit from the campaign.

Thanks to the kind support of audiences, Corporate partners, staff and Members, we are delighted to announce that our Making Memories campaign, 2018, raised an incredible £10,206.

We have smashed our initial target of by £1,806, and your generosity enabled us to offer 907 Sleeping Beauty tickets to 208 local families, who are facing difficult circumstances.

Families like Daniel’s will have experienced our enchanting Christmas pantomime thanks to your generosity, here is his story:

Daniel lives in Coventry with his father and younger sister. Last year, the family’s lives were turned upside down, when Daniel’s mother lost her short fight against cancer – leaving them emotionally and financially stretched. Daniel is football mad, and loves to kick a ball around the park with his dad, but has found it difficult to cope with his mother’s death and his father’s subsequent depression. Daniel is just 9 years of age, and enjoying Sleeping Beauty at the Belgrade will enable him to spend precious time with his family

(Daniel’s name has been changed to protect his identity, but his story is real.)

Our Making Memories campaign runs all year, so we won’t stop just because the Christmas tree and decorations are no longer in theatre foyer. In fact, thanks to your fantastic support, we will be able to help even more local families in need to access theatre at the Belgrade.

It is also particularly heart-warming to note that, since we started this campaign 7 years ago, you have donated a staggering £43,269 and supported 2,935 people (approximately 700 families) to experience the magic of theatre.

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So from all of us at the Belgrade Theatre – THANK YOU

A BIG thank you to Barclays, Coventry Foodbank , Limelight Merchandise and the Town Wall Tavern for their support of the campaign. Also a special thanks to our wonderful Directors’ Club members 3DIFS and Circle Insurance and our Producers’ Circle members William and Hitash for their exceptional generosity.

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.