Thornbury drama group's gift will help families at Christmas
WHEN a Thornbury drama group's latest production sold out it was not just the performers who were happy.
The success of the Octopus Drama Group show Littleford Rides Again was also good news for two charities, who will each receive £875 from the profits.
It is an annual tradition for the group's autumn production to be a fundraiser.
This year's show, a sequel to the previous play Littleford’s Got Talent, by Lizzie Lindsell, and it told a hilarious story of friendly village rivalry.
The highlights of the performance included a chef who was also a magician, an operatic song from Steven Yeo, a duet from Will Titcomb and Ian Cornes, an ex-jailbird hypnotist, a piano duet, a comic rendition of the theme tune from the Bond film Skyfall, and a goat farmer.
The £1,750 profit was divided between the Alzheimer’s Society and Christmas in a Box, a local charity which supports young carers.
Liz Ferguson from Christmas in a Box said: “I cannot tell you what a difference the money will make to families this Christmas. Our team identifies families that are struggling and asks them if they’d like a Box well before Christmas so that families can reallocate money for presents and bills. The boxes are then distributed by the team.”
Rachel Wright, from the Alzheimer’s Society, said: “Our National Dementia Helpline is there to help at what can often be a time of crisis for people living with dementia. £875 means our helpline team can be there for roughly 75 people this year. This lifeline is open seven days a week for anybody who needs us. This is just one of the ways this kind donation could be used to help people living with dementia.”