A huge thank you to the staff at Gallagher UK for their incredible support

Members of staff from Gallagher insurance have been going the extra mile with their support of the Belgrade Theatre by giving up their time to help out with projects aimed at helping people to access theatre.

As well as investing financially in the Belgrade’s vital work in the community, staff at the company’s Coventry office have been getting hands on at the theatre, supporting its relaxed performance of Christmas pantomime Puss in Boots, as well as its Making Memories campaign, which funds opportunities for families in need to experience the magic of theatre.

Since joining the Belgrade’s growing ranks of corporate supporters in February 2019, Gallagher has put forward twelve fantastic volunteers – Barbara Dainty, Sue Chrascina, Hannah Nicholson, Liz Harrison, Kayleigh McKenzie, Ben Thomas, Debbie Moss, Katheryn Moon, Louise Hargrave, Charlotte Kelly, Christine Lee and Josh Austin – who between them have racked up a total of 82 hours of volunteering, amounting to almost one full working day each.

Relaxed performances are specially adapted to provide an open and welcoming environment for those who may benefit from a more laid-back performance style, such as those with autism spectrum conditions, learning disabilities, sensory and communication disorders or dementia. As well as being on hand to assist audience members as required, the Gallagher team also put forward Josh as a “stooge” to get messy on stage during the panto’s “slosh scene”. Hosting a relaxed performance is always an ambitious undertaking, so it’s invaluable for the theatre to have extra hands and friendly faces ready to step in as required.