Panto audiences gift cash to city children’s hospital

Panto audiences gift cash to city children’s hospital

The generosity of North-east theatre goers is out of this world – and His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen has the evidence.

Weekend collections at this year’s HMT panto Cinderella raised more than £7000 for the ARCHIE Foundation at Aberdeen Royal Children’s Hospital.

And there to help hand over the cash – and put a smile on the faces of young patients – was the Big Green Alien, ahead of his upcoming HMT show Aliens Love Underpants.

Generous audiences at the Aberdeen Performing Arts (APA) and Qdos Entertainment production – starring Elaine C Smith, Alan McHugh, Jordan Young and Barbara Rafferty - gifted more than £15,000 in the bucket collections, which was split equally between ARCHIE and the Great Ormond Street Hospital.

The £7,577.79 cheque was presented by APA’s front of house manager Nicola Eddie and accepted by ARCHIE Foundation director of fundraising Cassie Thompson.

“The generosity of Aberdeen audiences is simply amazing and has delighted everyone from our Front of House staff who collected the cash to the panto cast and crew on the stage,” said Nicola.

Panto has a close link with the children’s hospital – their annual visit to the youngsters on the wards is always one of the highlights of the season for the actors and they have built up a relationship with the nursing staff over the years.

So to be able to gift this money to such a worthwhile cause makes everyone smile!”

Delighted Cassie said: “This year is the 10th anniversary of The Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital which has cared for one million children during that time.

The ARCHIE Foundation is in the middle of a major appeal – ‘High 10 for ARCHIE’ - raising the funds to make the facilities here world-class, to match the wonderful clinical care the children receive.

“This donation could hardly have come at a better time and we are very grateful to the generous theatre audiences and Aberdeen Performing Arts.”

Helping to hand over the cash gift and to meet some of the younger patients was the Big Green Alien, from Aliens Love Underpants, the zany and hilarious tale based on the best-selling children’s book being brought to life on stage for the first time.

The aliens will be invading His Majesty’s Theatre on Monday and Tuesday, April 7 and 8, with stunning effects, madcap action and original music and tickets are available online at, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.

Posted on Monday 17 February

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