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Local charities benefit from generosity of theatre-goers

23 February 2016

Two local charities have benefited from the generosity of theatre-goers after fundraising efforts saw almost £400 raised from events that took place at Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre in 2015.

A total of £160 was raised for Headway Somerset at the Carols by Moonlight community singing event held on 12th December. Choir Leader Mark Whitford-Williams offered to dress up as the Angel Gabriel if members of his Rock Show Chorus raised £50 in donations. They certainly rose to the challenge, raising £90. Further donations poured in from those who attended the event making a grand total of £160.


Grants and Fundraising Manager at Headway Somerset, Samantha Budd said: “We are grateful to be working with Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre. In September 2015 we were able to put on a show called Headway’s Got Talent which was a chance for the clients and staff at Headway Somerset to showcase their hidden talents. We had acts like a clapping routine, The Two Ronnies allotment sketch, comedy, singing and much more. On behalf of us all here at the charity, we would like to thank Elaine and her colleagues who generously donated and raised the total of £160.”



A total of £225 was raised for Macmillan Cancer Support in Taunton Deane through collections made at the end of the Tacchi-Morris Community Shows on 15th and 16th December.


Macmillan Cancer Support Taunton Deane Committee Member Peggie McAdoo said: “We are very grateful to Tacchi-Morris for allowing us to collect and raise money for local people suffering from cancer. We are always looking for people to help us raise money.”


Director of Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, Elaine Faull said: “As a community arts centre we are delighted to support local Somerset charities. I enjoyed a heart-warming and inspirational performance in September [Headway’s Got Talent] by Headway whose choir then performed as part of our Open Day. Therefore when we were looking for a charity to support at Christmas, Headway was one of our obvious choices. On a personal level, many of our volunteers asked if we could support Macmillan Cancer Support. It was brilliant the way that Taunton Musical Youth Theatre were able to incorporate giving to charity into their Christmas show, and I’m sure this effected the very generous contributions we received from the audiences of our community shows.”