Buildwas panto helps refugees

The Buildwas Players, a community panto group, have raised £1,000 for Shropshire Supports Refugees, to help families from Ukraine, Syria, Afghanistan and other conflict-torn countries to settle in the county.

The money was raised by four sellout shows of the Players’ production of Snow White and the Severn Dwarfs in Buildwas Village Hall, in early February. As well as having lots of fun entertaining local residents, the group chooses a local charity to support each year.

Nigel Bowen, Producer of The Buildwas Players, is pictured presenting Amanda Jones, CEO of Shropshire Supports Refugees, with the £1,000 cheque, as cast and crew members look on.

Amanda said: “The donation from The Buildwas Players pantomime will go towards supporting the refugees and migrants that come to our support hub. At the moment we are looking for extra money for food ingredients so that we can continue our international food sharing warm hub activities. We are always trying to increase our mental health resources as well as planning Psychosocial activities with children and adults alike. We are eternally grateful for community contributions which allow us to make what we do in Shropshire Supports Refugees’ drop in hub, so incredibly special.”

The Buildwas Players are always looking for new members with no previous experience necessary. Rehearsals for the 2024 production will start in September 2023. If you’re interested in joining as cast or crew, contact Nigel Bowen on 01952 432497 or email buildwasplayers@outlook.com

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