SWINDON THEATRES TO RAISE FUNDS FOR MOBILOO AT THEIR PANTOMIME
Swindon Theatres Mobiloo Fundraising
As Swindon approaches Christmas and the fun and frolics of panto season, Swindon Theatres are on a mission to create an accessible experience for even more families this year. They want to hire a specialist mobile toilet for guests with additional needs.
The fully attended vehicle, known as a Mobiloo, comes complete with an adult-sized bench and a hoist. It provides those with disabilities a more accessible and dignified facility than many fixed toilets can offer them. In fact, there are over a quarter of a million people in the UK for whom a standard accessible toilet doesn’t meet their needs. This often means they face the choice between staying at home or risking injury or infection by having their personal care needs met on a public toilet floor. The sort of occurrence that the Wyvern Theatre want to help eliminate this Christmas.
‘We’re so excited to see the return of our annual pantomime next month. We want to be able to involve as many families as possible in our celebrations’ explains Community & Education Officer Kate Claxton. ‘I’ve been working with the fabulous Mums on a Mission Swindon to find ways to make our relaxed performance of Jack and the Beanstalk even more accessible for our local community. It’s clear that a Mobiloo would make a huge difference for many. We now need a little help to raise the money.’
To donate to this fantastic cause of Swindon Theatres Mobiloo Fundraising please follow this link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/mobiloo-hire-for-jack-and-the-beanstalk.
Mobiloo are a registered charity and do subsidise hire fees with donations. But the theatre need to raise the remaining £495 to provide this much-needed facility. So they’re asking the town to get involved with fundraising – with the support of local campaign group Mum’s on a Mission.
‘We’re so delighted that there’s a prospect of a Mobiloo coming to the Wyvern for this year’s relaxed performance of Jack and the Beanstalk!’ says Mum’s on a Mission’s Anna Bird. ‘In the past we’ve had terrible experiences of changing our children on cold, dirty toilet floors. And that is heart-breaking. But these facilities will allow us to meet our children’s toileting needs in a safe, hygienic, and dignified way.
When children with disabilities get older, baby changing facilities become completely unsuitable for them. But they deserve to have all the same experiences as any other child, and that includes going to watch the panto!
We’re confident that the brilliant team at the Wyvern will raise the funds for the Mobiloo, along with our support. And we’re so excited now about the relaxed performance that we’ve booked tickets!’
Relaxed performance of the panto – Friday 10th December 1pm
The relaxed performance of Jack and the Beanstalk is a specially adapted staging of the pantomime. It’s suitable for customers who find it difficult to cope with a traditional theatre atmosphere due to having learning difficulties. It’s suitable too for those on the autism spectrum. The performance is open to everyone. It may also appeal to parents or schools of children who are sensitive to loud noises or don’t like the dark. We’ll site the Mobiloo outside the theatre’s ramped entrance for the duration of this performance.
How to donate
To donate to this fantastic cause, please follow this link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/mobiloo-hire-for-jack-and-the-beanstalk.
Anyone who’d like to be more involved with fundraising activity can contact Kate Claxton at Kate@wyverntheatre.org.uk.
To get tickets for the relaxed performance of Jack and the Beanstalk book online at swindontheatre.co.uk
Or call 0343 310 0040.