Panto Wheels has helped many children experience the theatre for the first time, allowing them to engage with the arts and develop an interest in performing. In 2016/17 the charity provided 2600 children, from a range of schools, with tickets to see Dick Whittington and his Cat.
Sarah Reakes, Managing Director of KISS, said: “The performing arts has the ability to inspire children whatever their background. Panto Wheels is an amazing charity and we are very pleased to be able to support them in the work that they are doing.”
Panto Wheels also works with schools and care centres that teach children with life-limiting illnesses and complex learning needs, providing all children with the opportunity to experience the theatre at Christmas.
Victoria Willingale, Marketing and Education Officer at Panto Wheels, said: “The schools that attend the pantomime use the experience for more than just enjoyment. They often use the storyline to help students learn across the curriculum, as well as engage them into the arts.
She continues, “For some children, the pantomime provides a joyful and much needed release from physical and/or mental pain as they become lost in the magic of theatre.”
Hoping to inspire and engage more underprivileged children, Cambridge Arts Theatre Trust encourages the public to donate this Christmas. If you wish to donate, head to their website or contact Victoria Willingale.