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Local families enjoy Horrible Histories thanks to Making Memories

Posted on 31 October 2019

Last week, we were delighted to be able to offer a total of 120 free Horrible Histories tickets to local families facing difficult financial circumstances, giving them an opportunity to enjoy the magic of live theatre which they might not otherwise be able to afford.

This additional opportunity came as a result of us smashing last year’s Making Memories target, thanks to the incredible generosity of audience members and supporters like you, who were kind enough to donate to the campaign.

In 2018, we raised an amazing £10,206, allowing us to offer 700 free tickets to our Sleeping Beauty pantomime, with money left over to cover the cost of inviting even more children and their parents to see Horrible Histories over the October half-term.

Families who benefit from Making Memories tickets are referred to us via a number of partners including Coventry Foodbank. Recently, one of our referral partners had this to say about the impact of Making Memories on their clients.

“Sexual violence can affect many people in a survivor’s life: parents, friends, partners, children, spouses, classmates, etc., in many cases leading to mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety and poor self-esteem. So for the parents & carers, survivors and their siblings to be offered the opportunity to attend the theatre (some of our families have never been before) to provide them with an experience they will treasure at this devastating and very difficult time in their lives is a truly generous gift.”

We were also thrilled to hear from a number of happy parents, one of whom said, “To say thank you is not enough for the smile you helped place back on my children’s faces.”

Horrible Histories - Awful Egyptians

A big thank you to the Birmingham Stage Company and everyone involved in Horrible Histories Live for not only supporting us to offer these tickets to their show, but also allowing us to set up bucket collections at their performances. Through these collections, we raised a fantastic £500, money that will go towards offering even more opportunities for children to access theatre.

Thanks also to our brilliant volunteers Ben and Barbara from Gallagher Insurance, who gave up their time to assist our Development team at the Horrible Histories performances. After volunteering at our relaxed performance of Sleeping Beauty back in January, our friends at Gallagher have also kindly offered to help raise money for this year’s Making Memories campaign as panto season gets underway, so we’re hugely grateful for their continued support.

Our target for this year’s Making Memories campaign is £9,000, which with your help, we’re confident we’ll be able to beat. By donating online, in person at our box office, or by calling the Development team on 024 7684 6758, you can help us to make memories that will last a lifetime for children like Kayesha.

Kayesha lives in Coventry with her grandparents, mother and two younger brothers. For several years, Kayesha’s mother has battled with her mental health and, during her darkest moments, has relied on family members to support Kayesha and her brothers. With no father figure in their lives, the children have struggled to cope with ‘losing’ their mother for short periods – which has left the entire family emotionally and financially drained. Kayesha loves to sing and make up dance routines in her bedroom, but has found it difficult to enjoy these activities whilst her mum isn’t well. Kayesha is just 7 years of age, and enjoying Puss in Boots at the Belgrade will enable her to spend precious time with her family – singing and dancing, booing and hissing!

The Belgrade Theatre Trust is a registered charity (number 219163). This means that all of the money given to, raised or earned by the Theatre is not distributed as profit, but kept and reinvested in the work we do. To find out more about why we are a charity, please visit our Support Us page.