Posted on Tuesday 18th February
The Foundation booked all 437 seats at the South Shields theatre for a showing of Snow White. Tickets were donated to a variety of local children’s charities and organisations which the Hays Travel Foundation has worked with throughout the year.
Hays Travel sponsor the Customs House pantomime every year and have done for over a decade. This is the third year that the travel company’s Foundation has booked out a performance of the panto so that children and young people from local charities can attend with free tickets.
Mandy Sousa, manager of the Hays Travel Foundation, said: “This is our third year hosting the pantomime at the Customs House. It is always an amazing day, and I am so happy to be part of it. Seeing the children’s reactions, laughing and singing with the cast, is really quite emotional. It gives me great pride to be working for the Hays Travel Foundation and to have the opportunity to organise this event and to work with these great organisations.”
This year the Customs House pantomime celebrated their 25th anniversary with the story of Snow White.
Parkhead Community Primary School was one of the organisations benefitting from the event. Carl Black, special educational needs coordinator at the Newcastle-Upon-Tyne school, said: “I just want to say a huge thank you on behalf of everyone at Parkhead Community Primary School. The children were filled with joy from start to finish and all said how much fun they had.”
Carl added: “Some of our children did not have the best Christmas so this really made a difference to them. It was also really lovely and totally unexpected that the children received a selection box. They were thrilled! It truly is amazing that the Foundation provides these opportunities for children.”
The Hays Travel Foundation was founded in 2015, providing funding to charities up and down the country who help young people achieve and be the best that they can be in their health, sport, the arts and education.