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Childish Things 4 2008
Comedy show raises £45,000 for Helen & Douglas House
submitted by H&DH 20 April 2008
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After months of preparation we had the absolute privilege of producing Childish Things 4 in April 2008, with the best team behind the scenes we could have asked for, let alone the stellar cast who gave their time to Helen & Douglas House. We can now confirm that we raised over £45,000, which is amazing!

Huge thanks go to Ben Kellet our Director who was described as ‘unflappable’ in extreme circumstances backstage!

Enormous thanks to Jamie Baskeyfield, Manager of the New Theatre, Oxford – for giving us the theatre for free, plus profit on all retail sales and to all his team, on the day and in the weeks leading up to the show, so many of whom worked for nothing and with such enthusiasm and energy. None of our endless demands on their time were ever too much trouble!

Stage Electrics – you are all incredible, we really couldn’t do it without you!
Thank you Ceridwen, our lovely Music Therapist for coaching and encouraging the Posse.

Pete Griffths -All People Photography for his fantastic photos recording the evening.
Richard Branson and Virgin Airways for donating the raffle prize which raised over £6,000.
Savills, Cluttons and the Nuffield College for free parking for our cast and families.

Ann Sinfield for catering for cast and crew.
Cokethorpe school for lending us a minibus and driver to collect Out of the Blue from Heathrow at 7.30 to get them on stage at 10pm!

Thanks to so many people for their help - we can’t possibly name you all here but hope you know how much you are appreciated.

Thank you to our CAST:-
Rowan Atkinson, Bill Bailey, James Campbell, Jimmy Carr, Ally Craig, Cogwheel Dogs, Katie Dale, Idiots of Ants, Kevin Eldon, Out of the Blue, Philip Pope and to the Helen & Douglas House Posse who accompanied ‘I’ll be There for You’ so brilliantly with their percussion.
They are: Tom Dawes, Aylisha Graham, James Lewis, Alex Pearson, Cam Pickering, Emily Pickering, Bethan Rees, Chloe Tudor, Ingrid Warren, Elisha Wilton, Sarah Rogerson, Mark Birch – with direction from Ceridwen Rees.

We will now leave it to others to sum up the show and atmosphere!
“Wow! Last night's show was superb. There was a real sense of fun coming from the stage, that all the performers were enjoying themselves as much as the audience. You have waved your magic wands once again - well done to everyone involved. Must book my tickets for next year soon!!
with love and admiration”

“Many congratulations to you and the rest of the team on the fantastic evening you provided for us all yesterday. Childish Things just gets better and better each year! The cast was phenomenal and I have not laughed as long or as hard for a very long time! Jimmy Carr and Bill Bailey were brilliant, as were the rest of the comedians, musicians and singers - and what a coup getting Rowan Atkinson! Amazing night!
I hope the event raised a huge amount for Helen & Douglas House - it truly deserved to!”


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