Pantomime cash for Island charities

By a County Press reporter

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

 

Pantomime cash for Island charities

The Wight Strollers on stage for this year's pantomime Sleeping Beauty. Picture by Jennifer Burton.

THE Wight Strollers have donated £6,000 to Island charities following the success of their February pantomime, Sleeping Beauty.

The company, which has raised over £117,000 for local charities over the years, presented the cheques at their AGM on Thursday, April 25.

The 1st East Cowes Guides received £500, which will allow the group to buy their own equipment and resources and help the girls to go camping over the summer.

The Isle of Wight Synchronised Skating Team, who have to travel to the mainland in order to find an ice rink big enough for training, also received £500.

A donation of £1,000 was made to the Isle of Wight Youth Trust, which founder Eileen Monks said will go towards helping young people who can't afford transport to get to Rob da Bank's Music Club each month.

The Isle of Wight branch of Parkinsons UK received £2,000, to go towards subsidising activities and outings for those suffering from the condition.

Layla's Trust, set up by Colman Cotter and Emma Perry in memory of their daughter, baby Layla Mae Cotter, who died in 2011, also received £2,000.

Emma said: "This is a big amount of money for us. We set up Layla's Trust over a year ago to help and support families facing the loss of a child. This money is going to go a long way."

The Wight Strollers will be appearing in Island carnivals over the summer, and next year's pantomime will be Robinson Crusoe, to be performed at Medina Theatre in February 2014.

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