Beauty and the Beast panto raises thousands for poverty-stricken Sierra Leone - The Leamington Observer

Beauty and the Beast panto raises thousands for poverty-stricken Sierra Leone

Laura Kearns 21st Jan, 2017   0

A RECORD-breaking pantomime season has seen nearly £6,500 donated to fund an ambulance and laboratory in poverty-stricken Sierra Leone.

Leamington Spa Centre’s festive production of Beauty and the Beast saw the venue’s best ticket sales ever, with some of the 25,000 who enjoyed the show donating to charity One World Link – the friendship link between Warwick district and Bo in Sierra Leone.

It was picked as the Spa Centre’s Christmas charity by Warwick District Council chairwoman Jane Knight when she was asked to choose an organisation to receive donations.

She said: “Many of us have been involved with the schools and councils and health facilities in Bo District. On my last visit I went to Bo Children’s hospital which was built by a Sierra Leonean pediatrician a few years ago. We had known him from the days when the link started and he has managed to get Australian Rotary clubs where he currently lives, and our Warwick and Leamington Rotary Clubs to set up solar power for this new hospital.

“The hospital still needs many more facilities like a second hand ambulance and a complete set of computer and laboratory facilities so the money collected from the pantomime will go towards these items.”

One World Link will hold it’s AGM in the Pump Room Annex at 2pm on Saturday February 4.

Visit to donate to the charity or find out more.

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