School concert raises money for hospice

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The recent St Aidan’s School performance of A Christmas Carol raised £2,000 for Martin House Hospice’s Good Night’s Sleep appeal.

Audiences joined the cast, crew and band members in helping raise the amount.

St Aidan’s version of A Christmas Carol was adapted for the stage by the school’s Head of Drama and Theatre Studies, Mrs Fran Bray, with an original musical score composed by Mr Mark Pallant, Director of Music.

Fran Bray said, “The show received standing ovations every night, and I think audiences were genuinely touched by some of the main themes of the story.

“They were certainly ready to show their appreciation of the show by digging deep for this important local charity.

“The fantastic total raised is a result of programme sales, audience donations and the proceeds from ‘The Bar Humbug’ – a stall selling traditional sweets, that was sponsored by John Nelson of The Coach & Horses in Harrogate.”

Alison Wragg, Community Fundraiser at Martin House said “Many thanks to all at St. Aidan’s for choosing to support the appeal. The Appeal aims to raise money to fund respite stays for all of the children with a shortened life expectancy across North Yorkshire, and their families over the course of the next year.

“The money raised at the performances is amazing – well done to all involved! It really is a fantastic achievement and will be a great boost to our fundraising.”

Fran Bray added, “I am so proud of everyone involved. The whole cast acted their Victorian bedsocks off; Edd Soper as Scrooge was just amazing; and the band, technical crew, backstage and front-of-house teams made the whole thing flow with a real professional feel.”