Curtain up on first fundraiser

A NEW theatre group has made a dramatic gesture towards St Catherine’s Hospice by donating more than £400.

Scarborough Theatre And Music Productions – presented the hospice with a cheque for £414.

The money was raised through ticket sales from its first production, Animal Farm, which was successfully staged in November.

The company has made Saint Catherine’s its chosen charity and the cheque was presented after the group put on a performance of its winter pantomime for hospice staff and volunteers at Throxenby Lane.

The hospice’s director of funding development, David Marshall, said: “Saint Catherine’s is very pleased that the group has made the hospice its chosen charity and very grateful for this donation.

“It was a pleasure to welcome them to the hospice and their pantomime went down really well with our staff and volunteers.”

Company committee member Dan Welch said: “The presentation of this first cheque helps cement our partnership with Saint Catherine’s and we look forward to continuing to support the hospice in the future.

“We have set ourselves up as a community theatre group and are proud to support the local community’s hospice.”

The group also thanked the YMCA Theatre for the loan of costumes for the pantomime. The pantomime was also performed at St Columba’s Church and was called The Coup of Panto Land.