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I am a Business Coach who has recently retired and I’m loving it! So much time to indulge my passions of theatre going, singing, running craft events, making greetings cards and all things baking including cupcakes and Victoria sandwiches.
Working with TheatreMAD is close to my heart as I have family who work in the theatre and I know first-hand how hard life can be for those involved in this business when illness strikes. I want to help TheatreMAD grow so that we can make an even bigger difference.
Fiona Beaumont is a lifelong theatre-lover originally from Torquay, now living in Gloucester. Exposed to pantomimes and touring productions from an early age, she graduated to attending West End musicals while studying at Cambridge in the late 80’s and is now a frequent visitor to West End/fringe venues (and Broadway/off-Broadway productions when finances permit).
A huge admirer of the work of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids in raising millions of dollars year on year, she would love to see & help the MAD Trust build up a similar series of successful events over here. Fiona also raises funds for Leukaemia & Lymphoma research in her spare time.
Rachel Borland, 41. Food Services Manager for a living, play writer, local journo for fun! Dedicated ‘Whovian’, David Tennant obsessive, literature loving, film extra; known to enjoy a glass of wine! Old enough to know better, young enough not to care! When not writing or working, it's all about the Theatre. Musicals, comedy, Shakespeare, local am dram, I love it all!
I was first made aware of TheateMAD at the ‘What's On Stage Awards’ 3 years ago. David Pendlebury (Chairman) and Connie Fisher were making a presentation, explaining about the work TheatreMAD do. I started to notice their volunteers at a lot of the shows I was going to; and eventually put fingers to keyboard to find out how to join in. I get so much enjoyment from the Theatre; it seemed such an excellent way to repay some of this by helping out, and raising funds for such great causes!
My first job at volunteering was at West End Bares 2010, What a wild and wonderful night that was! We worked hard, met some lovely celebrities, and the fabulous West End casts, and got to be part of a legendary show. Since then there has been West End Eurovision, West End Bares 2011, and other fantastic events that I've been proud help at.
From pounding the West End Streets promoting TheatreMAD, making a noise on twitter and Facebook, your own fundraising events (I have done a sponsored walk and raffle), to volunteering in one of the amazing productions; there's so much to get involved with, people to meet and fun to be had. I can highly recommend it.
Hi, my name is Garry Cruickshank. I have been volunteering for the charity for almost 10 years. I have always loved theatre, and I was introduced to the chairman David Pendlebury through his partner Kevin (who also is my partner in crime behind the mulled wine and mince pie stall at ‘A West End Christmas’) As a long term survivor of HIV I know how important it is to raise the profile of HIV and AIDS, and my love of theatre has helped me to do this as well as to make some wonderful friends along the way.
I hope to carry on volunteering for The Make A Difference Trust for many years to come and look forward to all the exciting events that are lined up for the future.
Hi, I'm Lynne and I was 21 once upon a time! I'm a big theatre fan and, although I live in Kent, I get to the West End at every opportunity. Through my love of theatre, I have made a great many like-minded friends, both on and off the stage. I was looking for a charity to donate to in lieu of sending Christmas cards to these friends this year and the MAD Trust (TheatreMAD) seemed the perfect choice. I then decided I could contribute more to the charity and volunteered to help wherever I can.
I seem always to have been surrounded by the entertainment industry, having worked on Radio 2 in the past, and I admire everyone in the industry who is already working for the cause. My other main interest is dogs and I feel privileged to be able to foster dogs for a local rescue. I currently work in the ICT department of a school and I am hoping to be able to utilise these skills to help the MAD Trust.
Multimedia artist, lyricist, member of @TheLovePeople, Artistic Director @TygerSheArt, @digitalgothic
Rebel with a cause, possessed of a strong sense of injustice or trouble making prima donna? Early causes and fundraisers for Greenpeace, Amnesty international and Beauty without cruelty: Melissa took up the gauntlet against HIV and the frontliners bucket at The Thingathon @ the Piccadilly in 1987 and soon gravitated to Crusaid and West End Cares, for some years spreading her attention and "talents?" among fundraisers and performances for THT,NAT and London lighthouse, it is that blend of raising awareness and funds through joy and entertainment that makes the MAD Trust her spiritual home.
Her performance career began while still at school, though some might say with her first breath, in choral sections of Recordings by Mike Oldfield & David Bedford, metamorphosed into theatre: acting, directing Classics and producing with her own companies Comyns Carr and Tyger's HeArt and as an associate for David Soul's Kindling Co. on Dead Monkey and Fool For Love (West End & Edinburgh Festival). Recent Writing and recording releases with The Love People aired on Radio One. Now developing multimedia project Digital Gothic.
My first introduction to The Make A Difference Trust was as a regular customer buying a ticket and attending their first production of West End Bares in 2010. Immediately, I was attracted by the incredible standard of the show and the buzz and excitement of the crowd. Eager to help where I could I contacted the office shortly after and offered my creative services to hopefully help promote and develop the MAD Trust brand and its fundraising family.
The rest I guess is history. I'm now very proud to act as their Brand Consultant, building a strong, clear and concise message to all involved with the impressive calendar of events staged each year. I'm never happier than donning a volunteer t-shirt and welcoming our enthusiastic audiences knowing that what they are about to see is only achievable because of the sheer talent, enthusiasm and determination back stage.
I hope to part of this wonderful family of friends for many years to come as there is no greater feeling than knowing you are helping to make a difference.
From the very young age of eight years old I became somewhat ‘obsessed’ with the theatre world after seeing a Spanish version of Blood Brothers, and joined the amateur company in my hometown of Barcelona, Spain. Since then, I have been training professionally (singing, acting and dancing) and I have also been involved in other aspects of the ‘business’ (directing and teaching).
However, whilst in Spain I never knew of any charities directly involved with the world of performing arts at a high level. Although I trained at various drama schools, no charity was ever mentioned. So when I moved to London, more than 4 years ago, to pursue a musical theatre career in the West End, I discovered The Make A Difference Trust and contacted one of their Directors, David, to find out more about getting involved.
First of all, I thought that the name of the charity - TheatreMAD - did go very well with how I felt about the world of theatre and most importantly, the amazing work they were doing for such a great cause.
Joining TheatreMAD was one of the best decisions I made back then. I’ve met a lot of nice and interesting people, made good friends, learned so much and most of all helped raise money for those who really need it.
I've been volunteering for The Make A Difference Trust for just over a year now and have been lucky enough to have helped out at West End Eurovison, West End Bares and A West End Christmas, along with their first inclusion in the PRIDE Parade London (2011).
I was first introduced to The Trust and TheatreMAD after attending West End Bares 2010; I knew then that I wanted to somehow help with this amazing charity. Everyone involved from the volunteers and the office staff to the trustees are a great, friendly and hardworking bunch, who do an amazing job on a day to day basis and I am so proud to be part of ALL they do.