Friday 18 January 2019

A dance and theatre school in Surrey has once again chosen Royal Surrey County Hospital Charity to benefit from its tri-annual variety show.

Showshack based in Farnham raised an incredible £2,800 for the charity, following four performances of ‘The Greatest Showcase’ at The Aldridge Theatre in Farnham. Over 300 children and young people – aged from 2 to 16 – took part in the performances, which included singing, dance and drama.

The money was raised from raffles at each performance, with prizes generously donated from local businesses, as well as a bucket collection and sales from the show programme.

Pauline Thomson, Principal of Showshack, produced the first charity showcase back in 2002, after a friend sadly died of breast cancer. She said:

Showshack has supported cancer charities since 2002 – I feel that so many people and families are affected by cancer these days and we hope that the money we have raised over the years helps make a difference. We're pleased to have raised over £40,000 for charity during the last sixteen years and the students have enjoyed the experience of performing in such great shows over the years.

Money raised from Showshack’s charity show will support St Luke’s Cancer Centre, enhancing the environment and funding state-of-the-art equipment for patients with cancer.

Sandy Lowry, Events Fundraising Administrator at Royal Surrey County Hospital Charity, said:

It was such a brilliant performance and all the young people worked so hard. Showshack has supported the charity for over 16 years and we are so grateful for its support – the money raised has made a real impact to patients being treated at St. Luke’s. Thank you to everyone who helped raise such a fantastic amount!


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