Three packed shows for Annabel Greenhalgh and the charities that helped her have raised an incredible £6,000.

Tickets were in great demand for ‘A Doorway to the Stars’ staged in memory of 11-year-old Annabel, a much-loved girl who died suddenly and unexpectedly last year.

As well as the magical shows, which took place at Myton Upper School Hall in Warwick on Friday, November 17 and Saturday, November 18, there was also a merchandise stall and a raffle with prizes donated by local businesses, all helping to push up the amount raised.

The proceeds will go to Annabel’s parents’ chosen charities, the Birmingham Children’s Hospital, where Annabel received treatment, and The Fluency Trust.

The performances by Raise the Roof Theatre Company lived up to their much-anticipated billing and contained a touching mixture of singing, dancing and acting, all by performers from across Warwick who were keen to remember Annabel and the charities that helped her.

Amelia Fewtrill, who wrote ‘A Doorway to the Stars’ and has a close bond with Annabel’s family, said: “The demand for tickets was incredible and clearly shows the impact Annabel had on all those who knew her.

“We were determined to do Annabel justice, especially in front of three packed audiences, and I couldn’t be prouder of all the performers who gave their all and made the shows truly wonderful.”

Donna Bothamley, head of wills and probate at sponsors Blythe Liggins Solicitors, said: “A Doorway to the Stars was a fitting tribute to Annabel and it was incredible to see how the community pulled together to support the event. Our thanks go to Amelia, all the performers, the businesses that donated raffle prizes, and those who enjoyed the shows.

“The amount raised has exceeded expectations and will help two charities that do incredible work.”

Raise the Roof Theatre Company will return in 2024 with ‘The Festive Elves and the Shoemakers’.

CAPTIONS: A Doorway to the Stars. Photo credit to Kirsty Fairweather Photography.

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