Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Pantomime magic for air ambulance charity

A pantomime performance of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs created more Christmas magic than usual last week.

The cast presented a cheque for £5,000 to the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance and two other charities after Barretts of Canterbury hired the theatre for a special staff performance and donated the proceeds.

Employees of the family owned motor group in East Kent and colleagues enjoyed an evening of pantomime fun as they watched the production at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury. The fabulous Rita Simons (Roxy Mitchell in EastEnders) headed the cast along with CBeebies star Phil Gallagher (Mister Maker), everyone’s favourite Dame, Ben Roddy, and the hilarious Lloyd Hollett. This year’s performance featured exciting a new 3D effect as well.

Paul Barrett, managing director of Barretts of Canterbury said “It was a great evening out for us all and we are delighted to be able to support these fabulous local charities at the same time”

The annual event raised a total of £15,000 for the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance, Porchlight and The Pilgrims Hospices.

The fundraising pantomime ended a year of celebrations for the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance who celebrated their 25th anniversary this year. The charity delivers enhanced pre-hospital care directly to the scene of serious medical emergencies 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and crews will be working around the clock throughout the Christmas and New Year holidays.

Lynne Harris, Director of Income Generation for the air ambulance, said: “We are really grateful for the support of Barretts of Canterbury for such a generous donation and the amazing support they have given us during our anniversary year. The money they have raised goes directly to the charity and helping us to help those people who need our services.”

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