The Mayor of Dudley has praised a Stourbridge Hospice's theatre group after they raised £17,000 from their pantomime for patient care.
The Mary Stevens Hospice’s annual pantomime has quickly become a tradition in Stourbridge.
Designed as an innovative idea to raise vital funds for the charity, the success of the event is only made possible by the cast and backstage crew of The Mary Stevens Hospice Pantomime Company, who perform free of charge.
Aladdin, in November, was one of three annual shows put on by the group which has raised £45,000 for the hospice over three years.
The proceeds enable the hospice to provide the care that is needed for its patients who are affected by terminal and life-shortening illnesses,
The company is made up of around 40 people and has seen celebrities take a guest turn such as Britain’s Got Talent’s Donchez, Celebrity Big Brother’s Dee Kelly and X Factor’s Wagner.
Mayor, Councillor David Stanley had a front row seat for the production of Aladdin in November last year.
The borough’s first citizen says he was “really impressed” by the production of Aladdin at Stourbridge Town Hall, and wanted to highlight the “incredible” amounts of money raised.
Councillor David Stanley, Mayor of Dudley, said:
This was a fantastic production and clearly has taken a lot of hard work behind the scenes, I was really impressed.
Not only that, the people behind this have managed to raise an incredible amount of money for a very worthwhile cause. Everyone involved should be really proud.”
Amanda Bowen, Head of Fundraising at Mary Stevens Hospice, added:
The care the Hospice provides currently costs £3.5million a year and the funds from the pantomime make a significant contribution towards this. We are really appreciative of everyone involved in the Aladdin production, as well as the support of our local community who came along to watch it and the businesses who sponsored the event or donated their time to ensure it was a huge success.
It was a real privilege to have the Mayor of Dudley in attendance and for him to join in the fun and we look forward to his continued support.”
The group is currently preparing for its next pantomime, Snow White, which opens in November. Auditions take place on February 26. For more information call 01384 377 778.