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A special panto performance of Puss In Boots at the Old Rep Theatre in Birmingham next month (October) will help to make a family’s Christmas wish come true.

The performance – on Thursday 30 October – is in aid of Midlands-based children’s disability charity Newlife Foundation, and a local youngster will directly benefit through provision of specialist equipment.

Fabulous fundraisers at Central England Co-operative MCS Repertory Company will be teaming up with The Broadway Dance Centre from Perry Barr for four performances of Puss In Boots between October 30 and November 1. For the second year running, the proceeds of the first night performance will go to Newlife Foundation, which is based in Cannock.

Last year’s production – of Snow White – raised £581 for Newlife, which

funded a specialist buggy for Oldbury boy Jude Grainger-Southall. Jude has cortical dysplasia, a congenital brain abnormality which has resulted in severe and complex epilepsy and learning disabilities. He experiences around 20 to 30 seizures a day and needed a specialist buggy so his parents can get him out and about in the community in comfort and safety.

The charity partnership between Newlife Foundation and Central England Co-operative was launched in May 2012; since then, colleagues and customers have raised more than £520,000 for the charity, helping to provide specialist disability equipment for 263 children (so far) in the retailer’s trading area.

Show producer Sheila Palmer, who has been a member of the repertory company for 60 years, said: “We have a great cast this year who are all looking forward to getting back on stage together. We are well into rehearsals and are delighted to be supporting Newlife Foundation for the second year running.”

Tickets are £9 for adults, £8 for children and the over-60s and are available through the Box Office, telephone number 0121 245 2042.

Pictured: junior cast members in rehearsal for Puss in Boots.