Generous families enjoying the record-breaking Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs panto at His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen before Christmas raised more than £13,000 for children in hospital.
At the suggestion of panto cast members, who visited youngsters at Aberdeen Royal Children’s Hospital, bucket collections were held at the end of the theatre’s twice-daily performances over two weekends.
And bighearted theatre-goers tipped in an amazing £13,800, which is to be split equally between the Great Ormond Street and Aberdeen Royal Children’s Hospitals.
The £6901 cheque for The ARCHIE Foundation, was presented by Aberdeen Performing Arts (APA) chief executive Jane Spiers to the foundation’s fund-raising director Cassie Thompson, watched by HMT Front of House staff who carried out the collections.
“The generosity of the panto audiences was overwhelming; we are delighted at the amount raised and it couldn't go to two better causes than hospitals who care for children, not just at Christmas but all year round," said Jane.
"We're extremely grateful that APA nominated ARCHIE for this most generous collection,” said Cassie.
“Almost every single day of the year we are asked to support individual children and their families with emergency grants to help families who have perhaps arrived at the children’s hospital in an ambulance or helicopter and find themselves miles from home with nothing other than the clothes they were wearing when their child suddenly became ill.
“Every penny that has been generously donated from the collection will make a real genuine and instant difference to the children and families who find themselves in a very stressful situation away from home."
She added: “On behalf of ARCHIE, I would like to express our most warm sincere thanks to APA and their staff for taking the time to collect and to everyone who generously donated during the panto season! We hugely value your support."
The idea for the collections came from the panto cast who annually visit the hospital to bring some Christmas cheer to the young patients.
The ARCHIE Foundation is the official charity of Royal Aberdeen Children's Hospital and has been Making the Difference to the lives of sick children who are patients of the NHS over the past 13 years.