Sponsors help spread panto magic

Manor Operatic Society whose pantomime, Dick Whittington , has been saved by a number of generous sponsors. Characters from left, Idle Jack, Dick Whittington, Alice Fitzwarren,  Dame Dolly Dumpling and Fairy Bowbells

Manor Operatic Society whose pantomime, Dick Whittington , has been saved by a number of generous sponsors. Characters from left, Idle Jack, Dick Whittington, Alice Fitzwarren, Dame Dolly Dumpling and Fairy Bowbells

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THE show WILL go on...

A special performance of Dick Whittington by Manor Operatic Society is to delight 2,000 children who are disadvantaged or have special needs, as well as their carers, thanks to generous sponsors who have got behind the drive.

They have dug deep to make sure the free pantomine at Sheffield City Hall, the third organised by The Ants Kids Charity, on January 8 can go ahead.

Organisers, who still need another £3,000 to cover their costs, are adamant the show will go on.

Charity founder Anthony Hinchliffe, chief executive of Ant Marketing, thanked all sponsors for boosting the magical event.

He said: “There have been many very generous contributions that have helped out.

“This year has been really tough for businesses so those who are involved really deserve some recognition.”

Every seat is full for the panto and the NSPCC has helped ensure tickets went to needy families, school pupils and hospital patients.

Youngsters will each enjoy an ice cream donated by Bradwells, £2,000 worth of sweets from Nestle and shirts from Sheffield Wednesday.

The venue was donated by Sheffield International Venues while TW Ward gave £2,000.

Further donations are still being accepted.

Mr Hinchliffe added: “We would appeal to businesses to consider us as their charity for next year or if they’re doing any fundraising.”

For more details of sponsorship packages call 07854 111 111.

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