The Pitmen Painters cast collect £2,385 for the Swansea Valley Miners Appeal Fund

Posted on 19 September 2011

Following the sad news that four miners had been killed after being trapped underground in the Swansea Valley, the cast of The Pitmen Painters, a play about mining, began collecting donations from audience members after performances on the Belgrade’s Main Stage on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 September, raising £2,385 for the Swansea Valley Miners Appeal Fund.

David Jane, Commercial Director at the Belgrade said, “Everyone at the Belgrade was saddened by the news of the deaths of the miners in South Wales on Friday. We wanted to offer people who were visiting the theatre the opportunity to show their support to these families at such a difficult time. The Pitmen Painters cast and staff from the theatre collected money over the weekend and we were delighted by the generosity of our audience who raised a staggering £2,385.”

The Swansea Valley Miners Appeal Fund was launched by Peter Hain, the Labour MP for Neath and the South Wales Branch of the National Union of Mineworks. His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales is the Royal Patron of the fund. Peter Hain said, “This tragedy was a stab through the heart of the community. The families need our help to survive and recover in the future. With the South Wales Branch of the National Union of Mineworks, I launched this Appeal Fund to help support them.”

For more information or to make a donation please click here.

The Pitmen Painters was playing on the Belgrade’s Main Stage from Mon 12 Sat 17 Sept. The show will now enjoy a West End season, opening at the Duchess Theatre on Wednesday 5 October.

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