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Pam Ayres’ solo show raises almost £9,000 for Mayor’s charities

On Tuesday, 23 April 2019, over 300 people gathered in Rendcomb College’s Griffin Theatre to be entertained by Pam Ayres.

The exclusive St. George’s Day Charity Performance of Pam’s sold-out solo show did not disappoint. The event offered attendees an unforgettable, hilarious performance followed by a personal book signing and meet and greet for VIP ticket holders.

The event was significant for the Mayor of Cheltenham, Councillor Bernard Fisher’s two chosen charities, the Pied Piper Appeal and the Cheltenham Animal Shelter, as £8,963.94 was raised through ticket sales, sponsorship and bucket collections.

Mayor Fisher said: “This was a thoroughly enjoyable event for two such worthy, local causes. I must give thanks to the event sponsors as without their generosity we would not have been able to raise such an extraordinary amount of money for the charities.”

The event was sponsored by  Handelsbanken,  Strutt & Parker Cirencester, wine merchants  Haynes Hanson & Clark, who are based in Stow-on-the-Wold, and The Perdix Partnership Land Agency.

Rendcomb College Venues and Events provided bar service throughout, including a private VIP buffet. Attendees voiced their appreciation towards the staff for their ability to produce ‘a very stress-free and enjoyable evening – for the audience, and for the cast of one!’ alongside making them ‘all feel welcome and very well looked after’ within the ‘superb venue’.

About the Mayor’s charities:

  • The Pied Piper Appeal was started in 1992 by Peter Hickman, a local Businessman to build a new Children’s Hospital in Gloucestershire. It opened as the Children’s Centre in 2004 attached to the Gloucester Royal Hospital and since then Pied Piper has continued to make a difference to the sick and disabled children in the County by supplying equipment to the Children’s Centre, the Special schools in Gloucestershire such as Milestones and Bettridge, send Children with life limiting or terminal illnesses and their families on Wish holidays and support children with mental health issues. 
  • The Cheltenham Animal Shelter has been serving the local community for over 90 years, rescuing and rehoming stray and unwanted cats, dogs and small animals. At their Gardner’s Lane site they care for around 100 animals a day providing comfort, food, training and veterinary care whilst seeking new homes and adopters. Funded solely by public generosity through donations or using the facilities at the Shelter – including grooming, boarding and a pet supply shop as well as a very successful charity shop – they require £650,000 a year to operate.