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Watford theatre group receive donation

A donation from a leading UK housebuilder has proved music to the ears of a theatre group in Watford.

Herts Inclusive Theatre was selected as one of Persimmon Homes North London’s Community Champions, being awarded £800 to invest in state of the art sound equipment for their productions.

The Community Champions project sees a pot of £24,000 donated to local groups and charities.

The theatre group plays host to nearly 100 members aged between six and 80 years old, with their most recent Tales of our Town production focusing on the history of Watford and its culture.

Caroline Stevens, artistic director at the theatre group, said: “It’s been a fantastic year for Herts Inclusive Theatre, with the production of Alice in Wonderland and Tales of our Town being particular highlights. The latter featured all 80 of our members.

“We are truly grateful for this very generous donation from Persimmon Homes North London to upgrade our facilities at the theatre, helping to take our productions to the next level.

“As a very small charity working with the most disadvantaged children and young people in the Hertfordshire area, donations like this make a huge difference and make sure we can continue to do our vital work.”

Greg Kaye, head of sales at Persimmon Homes North London, said: “Herts Inclusive Theatre runs some fantastic productions in the Hertfordshire area for people of all ages in Watford and it is a pleasure to select them as our latest winners.

“We hope that the music equipment will provide many hours of entertainment for both the members of the theatre and the public who attend their shows.

“We would urge any charities that were unsuccessful last month to visit the Persimmon Homes website to reapply and hopefully they will become our next Community Champion.”

Community Champions is a year-long programme with £750,000 to be spread across the housebuilder’s 25 regions. Groups and charities who have already worked hard to raise funds themselves can apply for match funding of up to £1,000.

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