For many years we have donated the raffle takings from the Friday night performance of our Autumn Production to the BBC Children In Need appeal. This has proven very successful as our audience members have come to expect this donation to charity, sparking enthusiasm from Society members to continue with the trend, and to link up with a different local charity for each play we perform throughout our season.
During the last season, we increased these donations by including a cake stall, which has also proven very successful. For the first time, the Society also donated to BBC's Comic Relief, which was also positively received by our audience.
In April 2013, we walked into a very untidy and unkempt hall for our set-build day, and discovered that there had been a charity fundraiser the evening before, and the event organisers were coming down to clean up later that day. After chatting to the fundraisers, we decided to help them along by using our Friday night performance of the Hex Factor as a charity/ fundraising evening, resulting in raising a nice healthy donation of £75 to Kidney Research UK.
We worked with the Tim Parry & Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace charity to work in conjunction with them for our February 2014 pantomime, "Help! I'm a Celebrity Pantomime Dame: Get Me Out of Here".
We donate the proceeds of the raffle on the Friday night performance to "Children in Need".
If you know, or are part of, a charity who would be interested with working in partnership with Bridgewater Players, please contact us. We'd love to hear from you.