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Local theatre opts to support bereaved children

Local Theatre Opts To Support Bereaved Children
Jigsaw (South East)’s Duke of Edinburgh volunteers Holly and Jade with Prince Charming (AKA Martin Dickinson) and Jigsaw office administrator Katie

Chequer Mead Community Arts Centre selected local bereavement charity as lucky recipient of its panto season fundraising collections

Staff from East-Grinstead-based arts centre Chequer Mead have just handed over a cheque for £815 to local children’s charity, Jigsaw (South East).

This fantastic amount was raised by audience collections after every performance of the Christmas pantomine Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, which starred comedian Drew Cameron and was produced by That’s Entertainment Productions.

Pete Jenkins, Chequer Mead Community Arts Centre Manager, said:

“Every year Chequer Mead chooses to support a charity as the recipient of our retiring collection after each performance of our pantomime. This year we chose Jigsaw as a local charity who do such fantastic work with children and young people experiencing the problems and difficulties surrounding illness and death of family members. It was a pleasure to be able to help financially and also offer some families the opportunity to experience the pantomime first hand.”

Based at East Court Mansion in East Grinstead since 2006, the charity offers
support to children and young people who have a family member with a serious, life-limiting condition. It also provides grief support to children and young people who have experienced the death of a significant family member through illness, accident, suicide or murder (through support groups in Woking, Reigate and Guildford and East Grinstead).

Carolyn Steer, Business Development Manager for Jigsaw (South East), said:

“We are thrilled to have been selected by Chequer Mead Manager Pete Jenkins as the lucky recipients of their fundraising collections throughout pantomime season – and we wish to extend our gratitude to all the generous individuals who stopped to chat to our army of volunteers shaking collecting buckets after a total of 19 performances. This money will give a significant boost to our work with grief-stricken families as well as those who are facing terminal illness throughout Surrey and Sussex.”

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