Pantomime raises over £2000 for local charities

A leading local College has teamed up with staff from the Royal Cornwall Hospital (Treliske) to deliver a three night pantomime extravaganza, which raised over £2,000 for local charities; the Sowenna Appeal and Butterfly Cornwall.

Truro and Penwith College’s theatre in the Mylor Building at Truro College was taken over by a cast including consultants, nurses, physiotherapists, radiographers, medical students, laboratory and admin teams from Treliske, who gripped packed audiences with their production “The Lion, The Witch and the Ward Round”, an adaptation of the much loved C. S. Lewis novel. 

The cast from Treliske Hospital in costume

The cast from Treliske Hospital in costume

This is the fourth annual pantomime the Treliske team has written, produced and performed at the College, with Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan and Robin Hood all making appearances in previous years.

The pantomimes have all been in aid of local charities such as Cornwall Hospice Care, The Mermaid Appeal, The Cove Centre, Cornwall Air Ambulance, Marine Animal Rescue and Shelterbox. This year, the cast invited Truro and Penwith College to nominate one of the charities to benefit from the performances. The College’s Student Services team opted for The Sowenna appeal with the cast from Treliske nominating Butterfly Cornwall.

With many of Cornwall’s vulnerable young people travelling to hospitals in Birmingham, Essex, Kent and Cheshire to access psychiatric treatment, the Sowenna Appeal is seeking to raise £1.2 million to transform the Bodmin based Sowenna into the UK’s best adolescent mental health unit for young people in Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly.

Truro and Penwith College reaffirmed its commitment to staff and students by signing up to a brand new national mental health and wellbeing charter, created by the Association of Colleges in conjunction with mental health experts in June and Emma Seward-Adams, Student Services Team Leader at the College commented: “Every year, 1 in 10 young people experience a mental health problem and 1 in 5 young people aged 16-24 experience a common mental illness such as anxiety or depression at any one time.

“Truro and Penwith College plays a vital role in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of its 5,500 students and we are very grateful that the team at Treliske allowed us to nominate the Sowenna Appeal as one of the charities for their performances”.  

Butterfly Cornwall is a hospital based charity that provides extra care and support for palliative patients and their families in their last few days of life. Liz Thomas, Specialist Palliative Care Nurse said: “End of life care is everyone’s business and it is about getting it right for every patient every time. It is really important to look after our families as well as our patients at this really difficult time. This is what Butterfly Cornwall is about”.

The proceeds, which were raised from ticket sales and a raffle with prizes generously donated by local businesses, amounted to £2,430 and will be split between the two charities.

Pantomime leader, Kali Potiszil commented: “The pantomime team would like to thank the College, the businesses who donated raffle prizes, the audiences and the Improving Working Life team at the Hospital. We can’t wait to return with another performance for everyone next year!”