Birmingham Businesses Set Tails Wagging
Businesses across Birmingham have shown they are top dog when it comes to supporting great causes this Christmas. Over 100 local companies have pledged their support following an appeal from Birmingham Repertory Theatre for 101 businesses to give the gift of theatre this Christmas to local disadvantaged children and families.
Coinciding with The REP's festive production of The Hundred and One Dalmatians, the theatre appealed for 101 businesses to give hundreds of young people the chance to visit the theatre this Christmas. So far, 108 businesses have pledged their support and the appeal has raised an impressive £34,000 providing tickets to over 1200 youngsters and their families.
This ambitious project formed part of the national Big Give Christmas Challenge earlier in December and as a result a number of the donations were doubled. Overall, this year's Big Give Challenge raised an astounding £11.3million for good causes in the UK.
Rachel Cranny, Head of Fundraising at Birmingham Repertory Theatre said:
“The response to our 101 Businesses appeal has been incredible. So many local businesses understand the positive impact that their support for the arts can have on the lives of many local children. We're extremely grateful for their commitment to supporting the work we do in making theatre accessible to everyone regardless of social or economic barriers.”
The businesses who have given their support are:
Acuwomen, ADI Ltd, Anthony Collins Solicitors, Architectural Wallz, Assay Corporate Finance, Aurora Graphics, Baker Goodchild, Baldwins, BAM, Barclays, Bareface, Baynham Meikle, BCU, Binding Site, Birmingham Airport, Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, Brewin Dolphin, BRI Group, Brown Shipley, Catalyst, Central Mailing, Centric HR, Charles Stanley, Clear Solutions, Colour Cubed, Criterion Ices, Curium Solutions, DBS Law, Del Vilaggio, Deloitte, Deutsche Bank, DGS IFA, Digital Glue, Dignity, DWF, East End Foods, Ellisons, Eventmasters, Eversheds, Fish4Dogs, Free Radio, Freeths, FRP Advisory, Gateley, GEM Media, Gowling, Grosvenor Casino, Gungho, GVA, Hortons Estate, HSBC, Indigenous, Irwin Mitchell, Jaguar Land Rover, JLL, JLT, John Lewis, Just Good Food, Karedent, Key Personnel, Keysoft Solutions, Kickstart and Inspire, KMB, KPMG, Lloyds, Lockton, LWC Drinks. Maximum Group, Mazars, Mercato Solutions, Midland Metro Alliance, Mills and Reeve, My Accountant Friend, Old Mutual Wealth, Osbos, Paperjacker, Paradise Circus Limited Partnership, Park Regis, Peak Property Installations, Pear Communications, Pertemps, Pinsents, PWC, Q Park, Quilter Cheviot, RBS, Rigby Foundation, RSM, Santander, Shoosmiths, Southall Harries, Squire Patton Boggs, Stuart Rogers Ltd, Stunn, SVI Technologies, Teknology Solutions, Thermaset, Tilney, TLO Risk Services, UBS, UHY Hacker Young, UOB, Unique Venues Birmingham, Veriserv, Veale Wasbrough Vizards LLP, Washington Green Fine Art & Castle Galleries, Westbourne Centre and Younis Bhatti and Co.
The REP's 101 businesses initiative recognises that Christmas can be a complicated time for many. It aims to offer light relief by enabling children and families who never usually visit The REP to enjoy the magic and escapism of theatre, free of charge. Some of the groups who will benefit include: children with learning disabilities, families living in sheltered accommodation and children who are terminally ill.
The Hundred And One Dalmatians plays at The REP until 13 January.