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At each of our summer performances we raise funds and awareness for charities chosen by our venues.

During our 2012-2013 seasons we raised over £10,000 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Through Much Ado About Nothing in 2014, we are delighted to be raising funds for local Surrey charities Disability Challengers and The Wintershall Charitable Trust.

Multiple Sclerosis Society
MS National Centre

Around 100,000 people in the UK have MS. It affects two million more. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a neurological condition which affects around 100,000 people in the UK. Most people are diagnosed between the ages of 20-40, but it can affect younger and older people too. Roughly three times as many women have MS as men. The MS Society offers hope for the future by investing millions in research, and help for today through our information, support and campaigning.

The monies raised from our 2014 performance at the Roehampton Club will be donated to MS research, to help us to find a cure for MS 

Disability Challengers

Challengers is a registered children’s charity, established in 1979, dedicated to providing exciting and challenging play and leisure opportunities for disabled children and young people. This is done through play and youth centres in Guilford and Farnham and through a range of community based projects across Surrey and, increasingly, the surrounding areas.

The organisation offers a wide range of fun activities for children and young people to take part in. The breadth of activities that they provide offers disabled young people something to do and somewhere to go from the age of 2 to 25. The service also significantly benefits the families of these individuals by providing a lifeline of support and allowing them to take short-breaks during high pressure times. e.g. at the weekend or during the school holidays, enabling them to do ‘ordinary’ activities such as shopping or spending time with their other children.

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The Wintershall Charitable Trust

In 1992 Peter Hutley established The Wintershall Charitable Trust for the prime purpose of reviving and spreading the Christian faith. The main purpose of the ‘Life of Christ’ plays put on annually at the Wintershall Estate is to evangelise.  However, there is great care taken to ensure that the plays work as thrilling pieces of theatre; no punches are pulled in the telling of the story and the plays are now reaching a wide audience of all ages and persuasions. They are expensive to produce but once the costs have been met, any surplus money is distributed to local and worldwide charities including HASTE (Heart and Stroke Trust Endeavour), which Peter established in 2002. HASTE has built a fully equipped stroke wing with an MRI diagnostic scanner at the Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford.

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At each venue on our 2013 Summer Tour we raised funds for the following charities through ticket sales and collection. 

The Multiple Sclerosis Trust

The MS Trust is dedicated to making life better for people living with multiple sclerosis by providing free information to everyone affected by MS and by supporting the health professionals who work with multiple sclerosis.

The MS Trust is in contact with over 40,000 people affected by multiple sclerosis; that’s people with MS, their families, friends and the health care professionals who help manage multiple sclerosis. The MS Trust books and publications covers MS and diagnosis, Symptoms, Drugs and other treatments, Living with MS, Family and relationships. The MS Trust quarterly newsletter Open Door is sent out to over 20,000 people affected by multiple sclerosis, providing the latest updates on MS research, treatments and personal perspectives on living with multiple sclerosis. The MS Trust also provides a personalised enquiry service answering people’s questions about their MS by phone, email, letter or online and all of the MS Trust’s information is provided free of charge.

The MS Trust is committed to supporting and developing multiple sclerosis specialist services in the UK to ensure that everyone affected by MS receives the best care possible.

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The Wind of Hope Program

Isiolo has one of the highest incidences of HIV in Africa and it is also one of the poorest and most marginalized areas in Kenya. It is a transit town prone to violence and tribal clashes. Since its inception in 1994, the Wind of Hope program has been seeking to provide a centre of preparedness in the community, providing a holistic program of health care, education and social responsibility in the following ways:

1. Tumaini Senior School
A boarding school in its 6th year, striving to offer primary education and rehabilitation to vulnerable children from the streets and orphans who have lost their parents to Aids defining illnesses. We have between 80 and 100 children aged between 12 and 16.
 2. Tumaini Graduate Program
This is a bursary fund created to enable successful graduates from Senior School to progress further onto technical training in trade skills at a partnering polytechnic.
3. Early Childhood Development Nursery
A day nursery which currently looks after 80 small children from our catchment area between the ages of 3 and 5. These children are mainly orphans, extremely vulnerable and HIV+ve. We are able to offer health care, social support and basic education to the children, their guardians and their families.
4. Mama Tumaini Clinic
An onsite dispensary clinic able to test and treat common illness and opportunistic HIV related infections.
5. Outreach services
Outreach services include Home Based Care services attending to the sick in their homes, support groups for people living with HIV and breast feeding mothers, community awareness and general community support with the sole aim of trying to help restore human dignity where it has been lost.

“The Wall 4 Peace Project”.
 We hope to start the building of a security wall around our school as a symbol of peace in the community, which will be painted by the children and different community groups to create a  mural which helps to revive the redundant voices (mainly the elderly, the sick and women)  who have been outcast from mainstream society.
 Funds raised by BurntOut Theatre will be spent on running the nursery, starting the peace wall project and providing bursaries to successful graduates who deserve a chance at secondary school. These are the most crucial areas we need to fund so we can ensure that we are able to help those who need it most.

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The Dorset Opera Society

In 1976 Dorset Opera was registered as a charity with the object of presenting opera with professional soloists and orchestra, and at the same time giving large numbers of young people the opportunity to take part in the chorus and other production roles. Since then an opera has been performed every summer to much critical acclaim. For many young people this has been their first exposure to fully staged opera and is frequently the beginning of a lifelong passion.

Dorset Opera became a fully-fledged festival in 2011, with a remit to present at least two major opera productions each summer. Every summer, the Dorset Opera Festival gives at least five performances of two fully-staged operas, in the original language with full orchestra and professional soloists. The performances are of exceptional quality, attracting the attention of national critics and opera-goers from across the UK and abroad, as well as entertaining local audiences.

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The Cupola Project for the restoration of Blandford Forum Church.


The Cupola Project was launched in June 2011 with the Vision Statement “To revive the building of St Peter and St Paul’s, Blandford Forum in such a way as to reflect the aims of its builders and the needs of the 21st century community it seeks to serve, all to the Glory of God.” For more information please visit