Children take over theatre for VIP Christmas treat

Hundreds of children were treated like VIPs for the day after the Steve Morgan Foundation hired an entire theatre.

A total of 384 children and carers of 16 groups and charities that the Foundation support watched an unforgettable Christmas showing of The Snow Queen at the Storyhouse, in Chester.

As well as being treated to ice creams and drinks, the audience were given a Christmas selection box and a Steve Morgan Foundation teddy bear.

The event was the brainchild of trustee Sally Morgan and was organised by the Foundation’s grants manager Debbie Corbett.

She said, “Sally was so impressed during a visit to the Storyhouse that we decided to hire it for a very special performance of The Snow Queen rather than have our normal Christmas party.

“It was absolutely magical and it was lovely seeing so many smiling faces. Everyone loved it.”

The organisations that took part were: Imagine If; Croxteth Family Matters; Refugee Kindness; Walton Youth; Netherley Youth; The Joshua Tree; Cheshire Buddies; Passion for Learning; Amy & Friends; Ykids; Community by Nature; Home-Start Warrington; Positive Futures; Priority Youth; Cheshire Young Carers; and Brighter Futures.

Several of the charities that attended have shared their experiences and photos from the day.

Stephanie Lawley, of Cheshire Buddies, said, “The children loved the whole theatre experience, live music, live actors etc. They all really enjoyed the ice cream and drink as well. The ice cream was a definite treat as our budget never normally stretches to an ice cream. The children loved the teddy and chocolates. We had an amazing day.”

Diane Clark, of Passion for Learning, said, “The Snow Queen was amazing. The children had a fab time.  A few of the parents spoke to me and said the children hadn’t stopped talking about it. It was funny, a few of them asked me where the screen was when we arrived they didn’t realise it was ‘real’ people!”

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