A PROJECT to get every five-year-old child a free theatre ticket in a town has thanked local businesses for continued support and donations.

Six more Stockton businesses have given their support to the campaign which aims to provide every five-year-old child in Stockton with a free theatre ticket.

Around 800 children in nearly 20 have so far benefited from the A Theatre Trip for Every Child initiative, run by ARC, Stockton Arts Centre, in the three years it has been running.

The project began as a two-year pilot scheme running until March 2019, which was trialled by ARC alongside with The Albany in London. Both organisations continued the scheme. Since its inception, around 27 businesses in the town have supported the project.

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Richard Giles, Technical Director at supporter Tutis3, said: “We are delighted to be able to continue to support ARC’s A Theatre Trip for Every Child campaign. My first trip to the theatre is something I’ve never forgotten and to be able to give back to the community in this way is something we’re really pleased to be able to do.”

Children are usually taken to see Christmas shows, last year they saw The Man Who Wanted to Be a Penguin and this year is Humbug! The Hedgehog Who Couldn’t Sleep.

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ARC spread the word at Stockton MET business networking event. New donors include One of a Kind Marketing, Wellington Square Shopping Centre and Additional Lengths.

ARC's Every Child Campaign manager Vanda Capaldi said: “The A Theatre Trip for Every Child campaign launched in 2017 and has so far attracted a lot of support from businesses and individuals. Thanks to the MET event we've been able to tell even more businesses about the campaign and gain their support in meeting our ambitious targets."

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