Great Ormond Street Hospital
For the past 8 years HQ Theatres & Hospitality, alongside sister company Qdos Entertainment, has been supporting the Theatres for Theatres appeal, in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity. With the generosity of our audiences, staff members and visiting companies we have collectively raised over £1million for the charity.
This amazing milestone has helped to build and equip a suite of brand new operating theatres at the Hospital which will open later in 2017, helping to save the lives of sick children from across the United Kingdom.
The next phase of our fundraising will see contributions going towards an IMRI (Intraoperative Magnetic Resonance Imaging) suite at the hospital. This vital facility will enable neurosurgeons at Great Ormond Street Hospital to conduct scans mid-operation for the first time, without taking the child away from the operating table. It will transform brain surgery by giving surgeons real time data to ensure they can deliver the best outcome for each patient as well as limiting the need for further surgery.
Your support makes a huge difference. Thank you.
Find out about GOSH at gosh.nhs.uk/nhs.uk
As part of our community and education outreach work, Swindon Theatres also partner with various local charities to provide facilities support and fundraising for a period of 6 months to a year at a time.
Our first chosen charity is Wiltshire Treehouse , a Swindon based children's bereavement charity that offers support to 0-25 year olds and their families, following the death of someone close to them.
A parent of children under 18 dies every 22 minutes in the UK and 92% of children will experience the death of someone important to them before they are 16. Bereavement can be a traumatic experience for all involved and so Wiltshire Treehouse work to make the grieving journey easier and prevent some of the problems that can affect young people later in life.
Treehouse provide various outlets of support including Rainbow Club; a social group that allows children to spend time with others who have lost someone close to them, CHYPS; a series of group sessions for family members to express their thoughts and feelings in a supportive environment through creative activities with other family groups and Teenager's Group; similar to Rainbow Club but for teenagers and young adults.
Launched in October 2015, Treehouse are a very young charity and with no government funding need to raise around £30,000 a year to operate to their full potential.
How Swindon Theatres Can Help
In order to help Treehouse raise this amount and keep the much needed service free for families, Swindon Theatres will arrange in-house collections and fundraising opportunities as well as providing activities for the charity’s young users such as free tickets to shows, meet and greet opportunities with visiting stars as well as offering facilities for workshops, meetings and other events.
How Can I Help?
We know that our patrons are a generous bunch, please keep an eye out for charity collection boxes and bucket collections around both venues. You'll also see us out and about at local events where we'll be accepting donations for our chosen charity partner.
If you're organising your own event and are looking for a local charity to support, we'd be happy to give you some fundraising tips and ideas.
If you're a visiting artist or production, why not end your performance with a brief announcement that we're collecting for our chosen charity that night.
Find out more about Wiltshire Treehouse at treehousewiltshire.org.uk
Help Choose Our Next Charity
If you represent a local charity and would like us to consider you for our next charity partnership, you can contact our Community & Education Officer Nyree Kingsbury by emailing Nyree@wyverntheatre.org.uk.