Kingston Bagpuize Drama Group Delights Audiences and Raises £1,050 for us!

We want to say a huge thank you to South Oxfordshire based theatre group, The Kingston Bagpuize Drama Group, who not only entertained the local community this festive season with their enchanting Christmas pantomime performance but also raised an impressive £1,050 for us!

Pictured: Members of the drama group (L-R) Mike Lacey, Dan Sears and Mary Elizabeth Shewry donate the cheque to Liz Ashworth from Occtopus

The festive rendition of Cinderella captivated audiences of all ages at Southmoor Village Hall in November. The talented cast of 17 members and crew, under the direction of Kate Belcher, delivered a stellar performance that not only brought smiles to faces but also inspired generosity from the crowd. Martha Clifton, aged 17, who recently won an award for her technical lighting skills at the Oxfordshire Drama Network Festival, took the starring role of Cinderella.

“We are thrilled to announce that our Christmas pantomime has not only been a source of entertainment for locals but has also allowed us to make a positive impact on the Oxfordshire community” said Emily Eastham, Chair of Kingston Bagpuize Drama Group.

Our Chair and Professor of Colorectal Surgery at the University of Oxford Medical School, Professor Neil Mortensen, expressed his gratitude for the generous donation, emphasising how community support plays a crucial role in achieving their charity mission.

“We are very grateful for the kind generosity from the attendees and are proud to have been chosen as this year’s charity partner. The funds raised by Kingston Bagpuize Drama Group will directly contribute towards research into Crohn’s, Colitis, Continence and Cancer to improve patient diagnosis, treatment and outcomes in Oxfordshire and beyond.”

Kingston Bagpuize Drama Group extends their sincere thanks to the community, sponsors, and everyone who attended the Christmas pantomime, making this charitable contribution possible, including a donation of a vacuum cleaner for the raffle by electronics company Miele, and generous sponsorship by Newton.

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