We couldn't fit everyone in to the Woking Theatre, so we just picked up some more tickets for the brilliant Yvvone Arnaud Theatre panto!- Here are Gordon & Ann, with PG from Eagle Radio, who will be starring in Jack & The Beanstalk!
Official Press Release
CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS FOUNDATION ARE FULL OF BEANS ABOUT SEEING JACK AND THE BEANSTALK THIS CHRISTMAS
TWO very special people visited Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre this week: Gordon and Ann Parris were Mayor and Mayoress of the Borough of Surrey Heath from May 1995 to May 1996 and founded the Children with Special Needs Foundation with the help from their friends, many of whom went on to become committee members.
Ann explains: “The inspiration for forming of the charity was our much loved Nick Ivil, who has Downs Syndrome and is the son of Chris and Shirley Ivil. Chris is the Chairman of the charity, Shirley is our Administrator for mobile homes and Nick is still very much involved with the charity and regularly attends cheque presentations and fundraising functions. Nick is still truly an inspiration to us all.”
The focal aim of the charity is to provide help to local children with special needs, and to support their families, schools and clubs.
Gordon continues: “We are small enough to be personal but big enough to be effective. We are genuinely flexible and can provide significant and lasting financial or material help through our many connections and the superb support of our patrons, benefactors and the tireless work of our committee members.”
One of those patrons is Eagle Radio’s Peter Gordon, who is also performing in the pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre this Christmas, and Gordon and Ann have, once again, organised to bring 50 children along to enjoy the show.
Peter explains: “Over the best part of two decades CWSNF has funded hundreds and hundreds of projects and individuals across Surrey and the surrounding area, who perhaps otherwise wouldn't have had the support in such an important and challenging sector of our society.
“For Gordon and Ann it’s been a mission and I think those of us that have joined in, it has been an absolute pleasure to make sure that we can help raise as much money for CSWNF as we possibly can.
“Over the years they have purchased thousands of Pantomime tickets for their special children, and for them to be able to come and enjoy such a fantastic, spirited, family-based show is fantastic. Many of them wouldn't have been able to do that had it not been for CWSNF.”
Gordon and Ann’s aim has always been to ‘put a smile on tomorrow, today’ and 20 years and millions of pounds on they remain true to that ethos.