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.
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
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.
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.
For more information www.wintershall-estate.com
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.
For more information www.mstrust.org.uk
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:
“The Wall 4 Peace Project”.
For more infomation visit www.pepolatumaini.com
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.
For more information www.dorsetopera.com