Fund-raising group for Bury theatre makes more than £43,000 in first year

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A fund-raising group for the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds is celebrating its first anniversary after bringing in £43,700.

The Theatre Royal Supporters Group will use the money to replace technical equipment which is no longer fit for purpose and buy a new digital sound system including radio and handheld microphones.

They have already paid for pupils at Priory Special Academy to see a performance during the theatre’s Children’s Arts Festival earlier this year.

The group has also donated money towards the venue’s general running costs.

Group organiser Hazel Jackman said: “Without a doubt we’ve raised more in a year than we ever thought possible. Whether it’s a sponsored skydive, buying a raffle ticket or a local shop displaying a poster for one of our fundraising events, we are extremely grateful to everyone who has stepped forward to help us raise funds.”

Fund-raising activities include the successful Bury’s Got Talent, The Ding Dong Daddios – a live swing band in the Greene King Garden, An Evening with MsMarmiteLover, a sponsored skydive, a Zumba night, car boot sales and regular prize draws.

Anyone interested in getting involved with the group can contact Hazel Jackman on 01284 488134

- They are already appealing for acts to take part in next year’s Bury’s Got Talent. Entrants must be aged 10 or over and live within a 15-mile radius of Bury. Heats are in June with the final on July 10. The winner will scoop £1,000. Visit www.theatreroyal.org