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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by Don Prescott

2nd May 2013, at 14:45:41

And a very worthwhile cause that is and one which actually benefits the community.

Mrs. P. goes there quite often with neighbours and it has flourished under the volunteer group. So well done you!

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by Mike Crowe

2nd May 2013, at 14:06:05

Do a lot with £100,000.00 ?

Shanklin Theatre could. Look at the state of the windows.


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by Don Prescott

2nd May 2013, at 09:36:18

"I am afraid that not enough publicity is given to them."

That is often the way, Mike.

People who actually do something useful to help their communities, neighbours, etc do not SEEK publicity.

Unlike the publicity seekers who do nothing but court the media and use social medai to promote and advance their profile.

You can compare this story of true altruism with the latest "fund raising" effort of Ecoisland whereby 100 members of the the public are being asked to contribute £1,000.

Thats £100,000 which according to their website, " the funds raised from your generous membership, we can continue to fund the hub".

I could do a lot of good with £100,000 and I suspect you could too, but Rayban wants it to maintain his office, or so it would seem.

Maybe he should ask partners Southern Electric as they seem to have money to spend. They made £398 million profit in the first half of 2012 (allegedly)!

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by Mike Crowe

1st May 2013, at 18:08:20

Don there are a lot of wonderful people on the Island, but I am afraid that not enough publicity is given to them.

Well done The Wight Strollers.


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by Don Prescott

1st May 2013, at 18:02:21

What nice people.

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