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Thousands of people came to see The Capitol’s pantomime Beauty and The Beast and thanks to their tremendous generosity, a bucket collection after each performance raised the staggering sum of £7,587.13 for The Horsham and Crawley branch of Samaritans.

Sue Jago, Director of Samaritans of Horsham and Crawley, said:

“We’re immensely grateful to The Capitol pantomime cast and their generous patrons for this collection.

“As a local branch we are responsible for raising all the money needed to stay open and whilst it is possible to obtain grants for specific projects, it is much more difficult to find the funds needed to keep our core service running.

“This amazing sum of money will go a long way towards supporting our callers this year.”

Samaritans of Horsham and Crawley have been supporting the local community from their Centre in Denne Road for 41 years and, with the national organisation of 200 other branches, provide a round the clock listening service to support those experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those that may lead to suicide. Their mission is to reduce the number of deaths by suicide.

Every year the Horsham & Crawley branch takes more than 14,000 calls, welcomes around 130 personal visitors to the branch and answers more than a thousand emails and texts. Samaritans can be contacted on: 116 123, a free to call number from landlines, mobiles and phone boxes. The local number is 01403 276273; jo@samaritans by email and 07725 90 90 90 by text.

Nick Mowat, General Manager of The Capitol said:

“On behalf of Horsham District Council, The Capitol and the Beauty and The Beast Company, I am delighted to present this cheque to such a vital organisation. The work that the charity does is invaluable and to be in a position where, thanks to our audience’s kindness we are able to help provide such a significant level of support is immensely gratifying and humbling.

“A huge thank you to all who came to see our record breaking Beauty and The Beast.”

Pictured are: Caroline Thomas, Mike Goble (cast member), Paul Sherar, (Chairman) Richard Alan (cast member), Sue Jago, Nick Mowat, (Capitol General Manager) and Roger Dugdale (new Director wef 1.3.16)

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