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Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Theatre-goers have been digging deep to support a Norfolk charity which helps adults and young people with disabilities.
More than £1,300 was raised for BUILD Charity from bucket collections at Norwich Theatre Royal following performances of the show Hairspray.
BUILD provides social, leisure and learning opportunities for adults and young people with disabilities, and many of the people rattling the collection buckets were volunteers and people who directly benefit from BUILD Charity’s services.
James Kearns, BUILD Charity’s chief executive, said he was delighted with people’s generosity and said the final collection total was £1,335.59.
He said: “At a time when we, as a charity, are under extreme pressure to meet an increase in the demand for our services to people with disabilities with a reduced level of income, this sort of money makes a significant difference. Put into context, it runs a weekly social and leisure activity club for around 50 people for two whole weeks.”
Mr Kearns said the charity wanted to say a big thank-you to Norwich Theatre Royal and everyone who donated.
BUILD Charity was established in Norwich in 1967.
It provides opportunities ranging from youth clubs and youth activity schemes to a weekly social club as well as community-based activities with opportunities to take part in sport, gardening, outdoor and cultural activities, and skills learning workshops.
It recently won an award of £13,700 for its new Farm to Fork project in the EDP Big Lottery Fund, and it has just launched one of its biggest activity programmes ever for adults with sensory, physical or learning disabilities.
As well as the Theatre Royal, BUILD Charity has also received support from other businesses and organisations including Chicago’s Bar, John Lewis and the Norwich Businesswomen’s Lunch Club.
“Developing key relationships with these local companies, which also included Jarrold and Cinema City’s Dining Rooms, is an important part of our financial sustainability,” said Mr Kearns. “The people who use our services are also customers of our donors, so it makes sense for us to work together,” he added