LEISURE: Big Christmas Appeal raises £1000s to give locals chance to experience live theatre


The Lighthouse has reached a third of its target, just a week after launching this year’s Big Christmas Appeal.

The Appeal aims to raise £10,000 to give thousands of local people their first experience of live theatre.

Lighthouse fundraiser Tom Shallaker thanked supporters, saying “the Appeal is off to an even better start than we could ever have dreamed of – already scores of people will be able to enjoy life-enriching opportunities at Lighthouse.”

Over the last 12 months Lighthouse has given more than 15,000 free or discounted tickets to children, families and people who experience disadvantage and the Big Christmas Appeal will enable it to do even more next year.

Lighthouse’s Big Christmas Appeal

“We’ve had school groups from as far as Portland come to see shows – 82 per cent of students from one school had never experienced live theatre before. We’ve also been able to subsidise ticket prices at relaxed performances and many other events.”

The appeal means that just £12.50 pays for a free or discounted ticket and a donation of £50 will help pay for a family of four to come to the theatre together.

It also gives elderly people who may be lonely and isolated the opportunity to have a day out and socialise with others at a show and mums living in a refuge can have some quality family time with their children in the theatre.

The Big Christmas Appeal runs until the end of this year’s family pantomime run, Sunday 5 January.

To make a donation visit Lighthouse’s website, call 01202 280000, or visit Ticket Office.



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