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Charity Afternoon Tea
Saturday 8th July 2017

Guests will have the opportunity next month to indulge in a spot of 1920’s themed Afternoon Tea at Sunderland Empire as the theatre opens its doors to raise money for their chosen charity of the year - Red Sky Ball for CHUF on Saturday 8 July 2017 at 12.30pm.

Two years ago Luna Petrucci underwent a lifesaving operation at the Children’s Heart Unit based at the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle. Since her successful recovery, her parents Emma & Sergio Petrucci have established Red Sky Ball and raised over £110,000 in under 18 months and continue to generate awareness and donations for the unit.  

The Children’s Heart Unit at the Freeman Hospitalin Newcastleis one of only two units in the UK supporting babies and children who require heart transplants. Over 300 children each year are cared for at the heart unit, 20 will receive heart transplants and over 7,000 will return for outpatient visits, 10% are from the Wearside area.

This is a rare chance to enjoy a relaxed, traditional Afternoon Tea on a non-show day set in the splendour of the newly refurbished Dress Circle Bar area of the Grade 2 listed Edwardian theatre. Theatre staff will volunteer their time and a range of fabulous raffle prizes and support has been secured from businesses including the Bridges, Hilton Garden Inn, Sunderland Marriott Hotel, Morrisons, Ramside Hall, SAFCand The Funky Indian ensuring all money raised from ticket sales is donated to this fantastic cause.

One poignant donation will be from Emma Garside of local company, Em & Dy’s Cakes. Emma underwent heart surgery when she was just 3 years old and is delighted to be able to support the event to raise funds for CHUF.

The money raised from Red Sky Ball goes towards making life more comfortable for heart children and their families in hospital like the Petrucci family; whether it be providing a parent’s emergency wash bag, gadgets & games or the essential equipment and state of the art machinery needed to save little lives across the region. 

Tickets are priced at just £12.95, with an option to upgrade to a Prosecco package for £15.95.  Pre-booking is essential and can be booked in person at the Box Office on High Street Westor by calling 0191 566 1045.


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