There is no time like the present to wish our nominated charity and friends at Florence Nightingale Hospice a very Merry Christmas. They are tireless in thinking up fundraising ideas and implementing much-needed services to help make things that little be easier for patients and families going through difficult times.
So how can we thank them this Christmas… by sprinkling a touch of panto magic!
Our panto stars have been out in force this week spreading Christmas cheer and doing their best to raise much-needed pennies for our charity. On Sunday our Wendy, the little lady with the HUGE voice (aka Holly Brewer) serenaded hundreds after our matinee performance of Peter Pan. Belting out Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas is You’; you couldn’t help but sway along and feel like Christmas was imminent!
She was not alone in meeting the masses, Pirate pals (David Bridges and Jobe Potter) also took to the theatre’s public realm ready to meet and greet those young and old who’d turned out to support Florence’s Carols at Christmas. And they had an absolute ball!!! For clumsy pirates they scrubbed up quite well and succeeded in signing numerous programmes before dancing their boots off with new chums. (Well done to Wendy for not being put off by two highly excitable pirates jumping around to their fav Christmas track!)
Then Monday saw Hook and Smee visiting the Florence Nightingale Day Hospice to meet the patients, draw their enormous Christmas raffle and chomp on very tasty pineapple and cheese sticks!
It was great for Hook to see some new faces; his pirate crew are quite a tiresome bunch when trapped on the Jolly Roger with them 24/7. It was a breath of fresh air! Even Smee – who usually don’t like straying more than an inch from his worthy master wandered off and made new friends.
The raffle was drawn (with difficulty thanks to Hook’s hook), and winners received money, luxury spa breaks, afternoon tea and many other prizes. At one point we thought Hook had delved in beyond the point of return!
Exclusive gossip: Smee became particularly smitten with one of the hospice volunteers. We think it’s because he’s partial to a tasty pineapple stick – and she dished them out like nobody’s business!
It was difficult dragging Smee away from his new found friend, but after plenty of hugging, dancing and general tomfoolery we could entice him away.
All of our post-show bucket collections are in aid of Florence Nightingale Hospice, so if you’re joining us in Neverland this Christmas please spare some change and help us to help a very worthy cause.