Oh yes they can! Panto pulls in cash

IT WAS more a case of ‘Oh yes they did’ rather than ‘Oh no they didn’t’ when Send Amateur Dramatic Society decided to put on their annual Christmas pantomime and raised more than £500 for Harrison’s Fund.

Harrison’s Fund is named after eight-year-old Harrison Smith who was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a fatal genetic condition which affects the muscles, causing life-altering degeneration.

THE SHOWSTOPPERS – Alex Smith alongside Roger Thomas
THE SHOWSTOPPERS – Alex Smith alongside Roger Thomas

The charity’s goal is to get as much money as possible into the hands of the world’s best researchers currently working to find a cure for Duchenne.

Amanda Vaughan, SADS Chairman said: “Every year we support a charity through the show. This year we chose Harrison’s Fund as one of my old school Louise Crow-Arnold’s four-year-old son Leon was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy at the beginning of this year, so it was a cause close to our hearts.”

The 30-strong group of performers raised the money by donating a percentage of the takings from one of their evening performances of the Camelot pantomime, as well as running collection buckets at four of the other performances.

Alex Smith, Founder of the charity and dad of Harrison, added: “My heart goes out to Louise, as when your son is diagnosed with Duchenne your whole world just falls apart as I well know.

But what you find is that your friends, like Amanda, and family want to rally around and help in anyway they can and donations like the £500 from SADS bring us all that one step closer to hopefully, one day, finding a cure for this awful disease.”

FOR more information on Harrison’s Trust and to keep up to date with fundraisers and other events, simply go online to www.harrisons-trustfund.co.uk

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