Panto audiences at His Majesty’s Theatre have raised more than £13,500 for The ARCHIE Foundation at Aberdeen Royal Children’s Hospital.
Bucket collections at the 2018/19 Qdos pantomimes production, Snow White, starring Lee Mead, raised an incredible £13, 618.46 for the charity.
Aberdeen Performing Arts, Chief Executive, Jane Spiers said: “We were absolutely blown away by the generosity of theatre-goers over the Christmas period. We’re delighted to support the ARCHIE Foundation again this year, which makes a huge difference to the lives of children and their families when they are unwell.”
West End and television leading man Lee Mead (who played the dashing Prince Charming), was joined by his co-stars Alan McHugh (Nurse Nellie MacDuff), Jordan Young (Muddles), Juliet Cadzow (the Wicked Queen), Jenna Innes (Snow White), and cast member Stephen Loriot, in a visit to the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital in full costume in the run up to Christmas, to spread Christmas cheer and hand out gifts.
The ARCHIE Foundation is the official charity of Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital and provide specialist equipment and parent accommodation, create amazing hospital environments, enhance staff training, buy toys, fund research, provide specialist staff and respond in emergencies.
Jamie Smith, Fundraising Manager for The ARCHIE Foundation, said: 'The HMT panto has been making children in Aberdeen smile for generations. This incredible donation from collections at the panto will go on to brighten the lives of even more local children, making the experience of being in hospital as positive as it can be for them and their families. On behalf of them, and us, thank you to everyone who donated.'