Greenfields volunteers fund beauty of a panto

Greenfields volunteers fund beauty of a panto
24th December 2019 James Calnan

More than 150 Greenfields residents cheered, whooped and jeered at a free performance of Beauty and the Beast funded by our volunteer residents.

Our three Greenfields Residents Groups, which work to improve their local communities, each used some of their budget to hire Chaplins Mini Pantos to perform at Halstead’s Empire Theatre.

Steve Blows, Chair of the Greenfields Residents Group (North), said: “We know that we have residents who are unable to afford to take their families to pantomimes, and it’s fantastic to give them the opportunity to share this experience together. Our volunteers are proud to be empowered to improve the lives of their fellow residents.”

The free panto, on Monday, December 23, was one of a series of festive activities carried out by Greenfields. Staff bought and delivered presents to residents are likely to be alone at Christmas, and hampers to families facing financial hardship at this time of year.

Attendees also donated generously to Farleigh Hospice, our Charity of the Year.

The three Greenfields groups are provided with £60,000 collectively towards improving communities each year. Recent grants include £1,500 towards dementia-friendly cinema sessions in Halstead and £330 for 100 bee bombs to increase the local bee population. Future projects include a rubbish amnesty and litter-pick in Witham and park equipment in Sible Hedingham for children with disabilities.

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