The Octagon Theatre’s Pantomime Bucket Collection for 2014/15 pantomime has raised over £8,000 for charitable causes. Over 49 fun-filled performances of the record-breaking ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’, this year’s bucket collection raised a staggering £8,251.40.
Half of the money that was raised this year will go to St Margaret’s Hospice, a local charity dedicated to providing care and support for terminally ill people and their families. Registered as a charity in 1980, St Margaret’s Hospice has gone on to provide fantastic services to many residents of Somerset. Their invaluable work is well recognised within the local community and The Octagon Theatre is delighted to have contributed towards the Hospice’s on-going work. St Margaret’s Hospice has also received funds raised by the South Somerset District Council owned theatre from the first ever ‘Christmas with the Choirs’ event that took place at St John’s Church in December.
The other half of the money raised from the Pantomime Bucket Collection will go to The Foyer Club. The fantastic team of 80 volunteers became a registered charity in 2014 and aim to further the development of the arts through support of local theatre. They continue to raise money throughout the year in order to assist The Octagon Theatre with their future development projects having already helped them to purchase its very own Grand Piano, to upgrade to the Infra-Red Enhanced Hearing System, and many more developments both Front of House and Backstage.
Over the last few years the Pantomime Bucket Collection has gone from strength to strength and has now raised over £65,000 which has all gone into local charities and good causes. The Octagon Theatre would like to thank all those who have contributed to these collections over the years and hopes that their patrons’ generous support will continue as they look towards their 2015/16 pantomime, ‘Sleeping Beauty’.
For more information about fundraising at The Octagon Theatre, the Foyer Club or next year’s Christmas pantomime, please contact the Box Office on 01935 422884 or visit: www.octagon-theatre.co.uk.