The Magic of Panto Shared with Local Charities: Hebburn Helps, Aide4Ukraine and Ethan’s Arc
If you have ever been to a Panto at The Customs House, South Shields, you can’t help but get swept away with the magic that the characters bring to life on stage. Each year, The Customs House enables Panto goers to take a piece of that magic home by buying cuddly toys of their favourite characters.
This year, The Customs House wants to spread that magic to three local charities to help with their Christmas toy appeals by donating cuddly toys from previous Panto’s, including Sniffy and Whiffy created by Fox & Shriek.
Paul Shriek said "Finding forever homes for Sniffy and Whiffy brings the legacy of Fox and Shriek theatrical illusion in South Tyneside into the hearts of the next generation who will always believe in the visual magic of pantomime".
The three local charities were chosen by supporters of The Customs House, following a request for nominations on their Facebook page; the lucky charities were Hebburn Helps, Aide4Ukraine and Ethan’s Arc.
Ethan’s Arc was founded in August 2021 by Tracey and Mark Adams following the death of their son Ethan, who was sadly only 10 years old when he died from rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare childhood cancer.
Tracey Adams said: “Thank you so much to everyone who nominated Ethan’s Arc. We know first-hand what it is like to be in hospital over the Christmas Period, it’s a lonely place for an adult, but even more so for children who really miss the excitement of Christmas with their family and friends whilst they have to undergo treatment. This is why in December, Ethan’s Arc will donate all the toys we receive to the Newcastle RVI’s Children’s Cancer Ward 4, in the hope we can put a smile on the children’s faces, and hopefully create a little bit of normal”