Before Christmas Stratford Circus and Stratford East organised fundraising campaigns both directed towards helping children and young people in Newham.
Well done both!

20 January 2020

The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2019 Stratford East 


This Christmas, Theatre Royal Stratford East took part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge, the UK’s biggest match funding campaign. For seven days over Giving Week, the Big Give offers supporters the opportunity to double donations to their chosen charities through match funding.

They wanted to raise £10,000 to help children and young people in Newham to experience theatre through their project Set the Stage for Their Future. Our Newham home has the second lowest arts engagement in London and 37% of people live in poverty. Many children living in our community will have never seen a play before, let alone considered a career in theatre and we want to change this.

Through their online campaign, they raised a total of £10,620 from 119 donations.


With this support, they will be able to:

  • Offer more discounted tickets to local children and schools in Newham
  • Inspire young people through workshops and work experience placements
  • Give aspiring young theatre-makers professional training in technical and backstage roles where recruitment is often difficult


Stratford East thanks everyone for supporting the campaign, helping them to spread the word, share the campaign on social media, donating and helping to set the stage for a young person’s future.

Full Hearts Full Tummies - Stratford Circus Arts Centre


Full Hearts Full Tummies means families and children facing challenges could share a festive lunch after watching a special Christmas performance at the arts centre for just £1, ensuring tummies and imaginations are well fed, this time to the smash-hit children’s show We’re Going on a Bear Hunt (**** Time Out). In addition, West Ham United women’s players Anna Moorhouse and Brooke Hendrix paid a festive visit to surprised families at Stratford Circus Arts Centre.


£13,671 was raised from the match-funding campaign, exceeding the £12,000 target. 473 children and parents benefited from the scheme and for many children taking part, it was their first experience of live performance, ensuring creative inspiration for their learning development as well as some magical Christmas memories.


You can also read an article on the West Ham website to find out more. 


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