Dickens of a good fundraiser

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A STAGE version of A Christmas Carol raised money like the Dickens for children with life-threatening illnesses.

Three performances of the play at St Mary’s Church in Great Massingham produced a profit of £2,791 for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

More than 50 people took part in or assisted the production, which featured a band and a choir.

Two characters from the play, Tiny Tim and Charles Dickens, were also invited to switch on the Christmas tree lights on the village green.

Ticket sales raised £2,210 and a further £581 was collected through donations made by members of the audience over three nights.

Andrew Bickerton, who adapted and directed the play, said it helped make Christmas in Great Massingham even more special.

He said there was a special reason for thinking that the author of A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens, would have been very pleased with the efforts of the fundraisers.

“In 1858, he raised considerable funds for the Hospital for Sick Children in Great Ormond Street in London by his reading of A Christmas Carol,” said Mr Bickerton.

l The EACH charity helps children and their families in the Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Essex areas. Children can be supported in their own homes if their families wish or cared for in one of the charity’s hospices in Quidenham in Norfolk, Milton, in Cambridgeshire and Ipswich in Suffolk.