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Making Memories

Making Memories

Supporting local families in need to experience the magic of theatre

A visit to the theatre is a magical experience that can create treasured memories that last a lifetime. Unfortunately, due to financial hardship, illness or trauma, many families across Coventry and Warwickshire are unable to experience the magic of theatre.

That’s where our Making Memories campaign comes in. Set up in 2012, Making Memories funds opportunities for local families in need to access theatre, ensuring that no child need miss out on the benefits that engaging with the arts can bring.

Tickets are allocated via referral through Coventry Foodbank, with the help and support of other charitable organisations across the city.

Over the last eight years, generous donors have raised enough money to enable 4,407 people (amounting to 935 families) to experience the transformative power of live performance, primarily through tickets to our popular Christmas pantomimes. Families like Laura’s…

“Laura lives in Coventry with her mother and twin brother. Sadly, Laura’s mother has been undergoing treatment for cancer, and the family have been coming to terms with Laura’s Grandfather passing away earlier this year. The combination of illness, grief and Covid lockdowns, have left the family with a heightened sense of loss and isolation. Laura’s mother is now in remission and the family are trying to look forward to Christmas – with letters sent to Santa and the Christmas tree up. Laura and her brother are just 6 years of age, and enjoying the screening of Jack and the Beanstalk at the Belgrade, will enable them to spend precious time with their mother – singing and dancing, booing and hissing!”
– Making Memories beneficiary, Jack and the Beanstalk 2020

Thanks to your generosity, our Christmas 2019-20 campaign raised a record-breaking £12,755, equivalent to 755 tickets. But the campaign doesn’t end just because Christmas is over: there are many more opportunities for families to get involved throughout the year.

Your support is needed for our 2020-21 campaign, more than ever, as we are extending those we support to include NHS & Care Workers who have faced challenging times this year. Whilst Christmas might feel a little different this year, our commitment to supporting those in need to experience the magic of theatre hasn’t changed, and so:

  • A donation of just £16 will enable a child in need, and their family, to access Jack and the Beanstalk Online.
  • A donation of £60 will enable a whole family to experience the magic of theatre at the Belgrade.


On behalf of all the families in need, like Laura’s, THANK YOU for your support.

Thanks to a donation from our lovely Corporate Supporter, CityFibre, 25 local children in need will be supported to watch the Pantomime this year.

You can donate to Making Memories online by moving the slider below. If you wish to donate more than the donation slider will allow, please click on the DONATE: £0 button and then ‘Edit’ when in the basket. Thank You.

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