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National Friendly and The Bristol Hippodrome expand award winning charity fundraiser partnership
The theatre noticed that in the past, several hundred customers purchased a single senior rate ticket. As a result, The Bristol Hippodrome launched the "Matinee Mingle", which aims to bring together theatre lovers aged 60 and above who would have otherwise attended shows alone, giving them the chance to make new friends and meet like-minded people.
National Friendly will now build on its important contribution which helped to get the Matinee Mingle established and it will now be the lead sponsor of the event for the next 12 months at least.
Announcing the enhanced partnership, Steve Jones, The Bristol Hippodrome's Head of Marketing & Communications said, "We are delighted to be continuing and growing our partnership with National Friendly, who have been an important part of the Bristol community for over 150 years.
National Friendly's previous charity of the year, Southmead Hospital Charity, will benefit from a range of joint fundraising initiatives to take place in and around The Bristol Hippodrome, with a fundraising target of £30,000 set. The initiatives will support the hospital's leading research into Long-Covid.
Kurtis Reece, National Friendly's PR & Strategic Partnerships executive explains, "Last time we collaborated with Southmead Hospital Charity in 2019 to support their Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), we raised £26,500, so a target this year to raise £30,000 seems both realistic and achievable."
"Fundraising competitions will take place during the pantomime season, which will be publicised via Southmead Hospital Charity's website and the Hippodrome's 150,000 plus social media followers," added Reece.
The Matinee Mingle is free to attend for those aged 60 and above and takes place an hour before selected mid-week matinee performances in The Bristol Hippodrome's Piano Bar. Members need to purchase their ticket for the show they wish to see by calling 0844 871 7615* or www.atgtickets.com/
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