The Contexture Theatre production - Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick – came to the Rhodes Arts Complex in Bishop’s Stortford last week (October 10th – 15th). Contexture Theatre owners Gailie Pollock and husband Simon Anderson invited us to benefit from collections at the performances.
Additionally, Carers in Hertfordshire also ran a raffle with the support of local businesses including Coopers of Stortford, La Dolce Vita, The Nags Head and the Nuffield Centre.
There were eight performances and some dedicated volunteers and carers attended the events selling raffle tickets, collecting donations and raising awareness about the support, Carers in Hertfordshire, provides unpaid family and friend carers.
Among the theatre-goers was Bishop’s Stortford Mayor Cllr Colin Woodward, a valued Carers in Hertfordshire supporter, who stopped to talk to the charity’s volunteers.
Gailie said: “Contexture Theatre is keen to support local charities, especially ones that need to get the message out to the local community. Many of us will know friends or family who have to take time off or stopped work to care for someone. Carers deserve to be revered, respected and rewarded for the sacrifices they make in their everyday lives.”
The hilarious show, written by Terry Johnson, chronicled the backstage world of the Carry On series. It revealed that the filming was a less than glamourous affair characterised by leaking caravans, inadequate pay-cheques and argumentative co-stars.
Linda Cudmore, the charity’s Community Fundraising Lead, said “It is fantastic that Contexture Theatre decided to support our work with unpaid carers. With over 115,000 carers in the county there is a huge need to recognise, identify and help carers who may be struggling with their caring role alone. Caring really can affect anyone in our community, we’re supporting carers from as young as four-years-old.”
We’d also like to thank the Rhodes Complex for displaying our information during the week. We raised over £624 which will go a long way to helping support more carers across the county.”