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The Castle Players donate £750 towards The Witham, in Barnard Castle
A COMMUNITY theatre group has donated £750 towards a North-East hall’s fundraising appeal.
The Teesdale-based Castle Players presented the money to The Witham, in Barnard Castle, to boost a campaign to raise the remaining £70,000 needed to finish the building’s refurbishment.
The funds were raised from a raffle run during the Castle Players' July production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream staged at the Bowes Museum, in Barnard Castle.
Money raised by the raffle usually helps to pay for the group’s own activities, but members instead voted to donate the funds to The Witham.
Before the buildings closed for redevelopment, the Castle Players regularly used the Witham’s spaces for rehearsals and performances and will return when the building reopens at the end of this month.
Andrew Harrison, from the Castle Players, said: “We have always had a close connection with The Witham and we are very pleased to be able to support them in this way.”
Chris Clark, chairman of The Witham, thanked the theatre group for their generousity and said: “We are especially grateful, coming as it does, from a community group who themselves rely on fundraising for their own activities.
“The Witham is very proud to be the rehearsal ‘home’ for such a talented and respected drama group.
“It is wonderful to know that the Witham is valued by community groups like the Players, whom we hope will benefit greatly from the improved facilities on offer in the restored and redeveloped buildings.”
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