Generous panto audiences across Aberdeenshire help to raise thousands for local charity
Panto audiences at His Majesty’s Theatre have raised more than £20,000 for The Archie Foundation at Aberdeen Royal Children’s Hospital.
Bucket collections at the 2019/20 Qdos pantomimes production Cinderella, starring Louie Spence alongside an all-star ensemble cast including Alan McHugh, Laura Main, Paul J Corrigan, Joy McAvoy and Sally Howitt, raised an incredible £20,802 for the charity.
In addition to this, an equal amount of £20,802 has been donated to Great Ormond Street Hospital.
The total amount raised is more than £14,000 more than was raised by audiences during panto the previous panto season.
19 other local charities also benefitted from tickets to Cinderella, provided free of charge by Aberdeen Performing Arts.
Aberdeen Performing Arts chief executive Jane Spiers said: “Panto season at HMT is all about creating magical lasting memories, so it makes it all the more special that we have been able to share this with so many deserving charities.
“We were absolutely blown away by the generosity of theatre-goers over the Christmas period, and we are delighted to support the ARCHIE Foundation again this year, which makes a huge difference to the lives of children and their families when they are sick.”
The ARCHIE Foundation Fundraising manager Jamie Smith said: ‘Panto season in Aberdeen is always a magical time and we are delighted to receive such an amazing amount from this year’s Panto collection.
"Thank you to theatre-goers, staff and this year’s cast, the donation is hugely appreciated and the money will go a very long way in helping local sick children and their families.’