Cue for a wild wig day to boost cancer charity

Cue for a wild wig day to boost cancer charity

Cue for a wild wig day to boost cancer charity

Wigs and costumes are normally tools of the trade for actors on stage at His Majesty’s Theatre but on Wednesday, Aberdeen Performing Arts (APA) staff are going to get in on the act.

For they plan to use their heads and get wiggy on Wig Wednesday (May 20) in aid of CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, and their families.

At HMT, the Music Hall and Lemon Tree, some Front of House, Box Office and office staff will wear a wig for the cause, and a bucket collection will be held after the evening performance of the sensational musical Wicked at the city centre theatre.

“We’re not normally in the spotlight – but we couldn’t resist the opportunity to head-up some fund-raising for such a worthy cause,” said APA customer services co-ordinator Alison Polson, one of the people organising the APA wig wearers.

“It’s a bit of fun that can hopefully raise a serious bit of cash.”

CLIC Sargent provides clinical, practical, financial and emotional support to help children and young people cope with cancer and get the most out of life, from diagnosis onwards.

Wig Wednesday is their annual fund-raising event started in 2011 and last year over 100,000 people across the country took part - 1900 companies, schools and individuals donned wigs to show support for children and young people with cancer.

It helped to raise over an incredible £280,000 for children and young people with cancer.

CLIC Sargent fundraising manager Holly Taylor said: “We can’t wait to see everyone’s new colourful hairdos and we’re delighted APA are taking part in this year’s Wig Wednesday and really embracing the event.

“Every day 10 children and young people are given the devastating news they have cancer. All the money raised from Wig Wednesday goes towards CLIC Sargent’s work providing vital practical, emotional and financial support for families whose lives have been turned upside down by cancer.

“It’s not too late to get involved in this year’s Wig Wednesday. Don’t mullet over, sign up today!”

Schools, businesses, communities and individuals are all invited to take part in Wig Wednesday. To find out more or to sign up call 08451 212 492 or visit

Wig Wednesday 2015 is sponsored by MFS Investment Management and the official Wig Partner is party stockist Smiffys.

Posted on Monday 18 May

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