Go Kids Go! winner put cash grant towards theatre performance

PUBLISHED: 09:00 25 June 2018

Weston-super-Mare Operatic Society received a cheque at the Go Kids Go! presentation. Picture: Eleanor Young

Weston-super-Mare Operatic Society received a cheque at the Go Kids Go! presentation. Picture: Eleanor Young

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A theatre group, whose work with children has an ‘incredible’ impact on their confidence, has used its Go Kids Go! winnings to help with their performances.

Go Kids Go! is back for 2016. Go Kids Go! is back for 2016.

Weston Operatic Society applied to win a chunk of the Weston Lions’ Go Kids Go! fund – supported by Weston Lions, Mercury and other businesses – last year.

The junior section of the society, The Oppitts, hoped to use the money to put towards its production of Bugsy Malone at the Blakehay Theatre, in Wadham Street.

But the show was expected to cost £10,000 to put on so the group turned to Go Kids Go! for a £1,500 grant to pay for sound and lighting equipment, sets and costumes.

MORE: Here is everything you need to know about Go Kids Go!

The group were awarded £500 to put towards the sound and lighting equipment which new member secretary Christine Robinson said they had been ‘overjoyed’ by.

She added: “Sound equipment can cost anywhere from £500 to £20,000 and it is a very important part of any performance.

“Theatre is incredible for young people. It gives them such confidence and really helps them to build their self-esteem.

“We are a family within a family and we have members who have know each other since they were young.

“It really was amazing to receive the money and it helps the young people to go forward and give their best performance to the public.”

MORE: The Weston Lions celebrated 50 years of fundraising this year.

The Weston Operatic Society are preparing to perform Fame at the Blakehay Theatre next month and said they may look to the scheme again for support.

This year’s pot is expected to be £12,000 built up thanks to pledges from local businesses including Puxton Park and the Grand Pier.

Go Kids Go! is in its seventh year and funds individuals, clubs and not-for-profit organisations which work with children and young people aged 18 years old and under.

You can download a form or submit your application here or alternatively you can pick up a form from the Mercury office in Waterloo Street.

Applications must be submitted to eleanor.young@archant.co.uk or to Go Kids Go!, Weston, Worle and Somerset Mercury, 32 Waterloo Street, Weston, BS23 1LW by 9am on July 18.

Judges will convene on July 19 to make their decision before cheques are presented at the Lions’ Real Ale Festival on July 29.

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