Leicester panto audiences asked to help homeless

Published: 5 December 2019
Reporter: Steve Orme

Pantomime audiences are being asked to support homeless people in Leicester, with bucket collections at De Montfort Hall’s Aladdin helping the Give Leicester charity.

The money will go to Leicester’s One Roof Winter Night Shelter for rough sleepers. As well as the post-show collections, theatregoers will be able to donate via a new contactless system.

A pay point has been installed inside De Montfort Hall and allows people to give a fixed £3 donation.

The Give Leicester scheme has been organised and funded by BID Leicester—the city’s Business Improvement District organisation—and Leicester City Council.

De Montfort Hall general manager Antony Flint said, “our pantomime bucket collections raise thousands of pounds every year and have the potential to make a difference to local charities.

“Our panto audiences are so generous and we hope having the contactless pay point will make it even easier for people to donate.”

Aladdin featuring Antony Costa from the boy band Blue, X-Factor winner Sam Bailey and BBC Radio Leicester’s Martin Ballard runs from Saturday 14 December until Sunday 5 January.