They brought belly laughs to crowds all over the country — but that was only one part of the good work done by Marsden’s Mikron theatre group this year, who have raised over £1,000 for a hardworking Huddersfield charity.
Lord Street’s The Welcome Centre were the recipients of the windfall, which was raised thanks to the team’s stand out performance at the Lawrence Batley Theatre.
Showcasing one of this year’s shows, Till The Cows Come Home, they decided to put on the event after reading about the charity in the Examiner and took no time to rattle up the amount and raise awareness of the organisation.
Mikron’s artistic director, Marianne McNamara, said: “We read about the Welcome Centre and wanted to help.
“As Mikron was producing a show about food it seemed like a perfect opportunity to be able to raise some funds and raise awareness about the fantastic work that it does.”
She approached Lawrence Batley Theatre’s Director, Victoria Firth who was pleased to be able to host the show, which raised the amount through ticket sales and a raffle.
Marianne said: “There was a real buzz in the foyer and the sense of community and power of local organisations coming together to make a difference was an event we were proud to be a part of.”
Welcome Centre worker Emma Greenough, explained the difference the money will now make to the charity, which supports those in crisis with food, essential items and other support.
She said: “The money that was raised will feed over 100 people for a week which is half of the people we see in a week-amazing.
“The work that the centre does helps people in crisis and enables many to get back on their feet, and one client even came to visit us this week to offer us a donation after finding a job.
“We are currently seeing up to 200 people per week and during the next few months as the cold weather sets in, local people will face many challenges choosing between heating and eating. Were able to support them because of the help Mikron and audiences have given us.”