Aberdeen panto raises £13k in cash for ARCHIE Foundation

Milla Roy Muddles, played by Jordan Young and Nurse MacDuff played Alan McHugh
Milla Roy Muddles, played by Jordan Young and Nurse MacDuff played Alan McHugh

Aberdeen panto audiences have helped raise more than £13,000 for a children’s charity.

Bucket collections at this year’s production of Snow White starring Lee Mead raised £13,618 for the ARCHIE Foundation.

The West End and television star, played Prince Charming in the His Majesty’s Theatre show, which also featured panto regulars Alan McHugh and Jordan Young.

The cast visited children in full costume at the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital in the run-up to Christmas.

Panto magic as Snow White cast visit Aberdeen children’s hospital

Jane Spiers, Aberdeen Performing Arts chief executive, said: “We were absolutely blown away by the generosity of theatre-goers over the Christmas period.

“We’re delighted to support the ARCHIE Foundation again this year, which makes a huge difference to the lives of children and their families when they are unwell.”

APA’s Director of Marketing and Communications, Leah Gourley and ARCHIE Regional Fundraising Manager, Jamie Smith

The foundation is the official charity of the children’s hospital. It provides specialist equipment and staff, parent accommodation, buys toys and funds research.

Jamie Smith, fundraising manager for the charity, said: “‘The HMT panto has been making children in Aberdeen smile for generations.

“This incredible donation from collections at the panto will go on to brighten the lives of even more local children, making the experience of being in hospital as positive as it can be for them and their families. Thank you to everyone who donated.”