How our audiences helped the Hungry and the Homeless

Two important local charities have been generously supported by the audiences at Cottenham Theatre Workshop’s pre-Christmas, musical entertainment Worzel Gummidge. The scarecrow at the heart of the story is homeless (unless you call a field home!) and always hungry. This is what inspired CTW to do something about people caught in either situation.

At each of the five performances, a raffle was held to win a Worzel Gummidge annual (they could be considered antiques today as they were published in the early 1980s!) which resulted in an amazing ‘pot’ of £318 which was simply divided into two.

First to benefit was Cottenham Foodbank, which since 2015 has every week provided non-perishable items to people in need who receive vouchers from schools, GPs, Citizens Advice, social care and nurseries. Distribution is done at the Baptist Church in Cottenham High Street on Wednesdays (1.30pm to 3.00pm) and donated foods and everyday necessities come mainly from those who leave contributions at local churches and also at the Co-op. This ecumenical venture really helps benefit those in need. The Cottenham group works through the Ely Foodbank which is under the umbrella of the nationwide Trussell Trust.

Pictured: CTW chair Matt Unwin-Riches hands the donation of £159 to Paula Mayes of Cottenham Foodbank

The second beneficiary was Cambridge Street Aid, a fund to help the homeless and vulnerably housed by awarding grants to those in need of assistance. Set up in 2016 and managed by the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation (CCF), the aim is to help people get off, and stay off, the streets. It also gives donors the opportunity to help without handing money directly to those who appear to live nowhere. The strategy is to bring about change and encourage self esteem in those who’ve fallen on hard times.

Pictured: CCF grants officer Beth Emmanuel with the CTW donation of £159 which could provide shoes, a coat, a suit or bike for someone getting back on their feet

CTW would like to thank all of its patrons who helped contribute over the week to these worthy causes.