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FFE and ATG team up with When You Wish Upon A Star to make dreams come true this Christmas

Approved by ATG's PR & Communications Officer, David Bradbury

First Family Entertainment (FFE) and the Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) have joined forces with the charity When You Wish Upon A Star this panto season to make dreams come true this Christmas!

When You Wish Upon A Star are aiming to raise a whopping £65,000 to charter the Orient Express and take poorly children suffering from life threatening illnesses on a magical train ride to visit the Warner Bros. Studio Tour - The Making of Harry Potter.

FFE and ATG have pledged to donate 50p from every pantomime programme sold to this cause. ATG’s theatres will also be fundraising during the panto season to help When You Wish Upon A Star reach their target.

It’s easy to donate. Simply text in the code WAND65, enter an amount (e.g. £1) and text to 70070.

You can also be able to add Gift Aid at no extra cost.

The Just Giving page is here.

Kevin Wood, FFE’s Chief Executive, said 'We are thrilled to be supporting this wonderful charity. Pantomime and Christmas are both closely associated with children and can be very magical indeed when combined. We hope that by pledging to support When You Wish Upon A Star, we may be able to wave our own magic wand to help make some dreams come true for these poorly children. We ask everyone who comes to our pantomimes this year to please help us spread some panto magic by giving generously to make this trip a reality.'

Margaret Rowarth, National Events Manager for When You Wish Upon A Star, said 'The amazing people of Family First Entertainment and the Ambassador Theatre Group are working together to spread lots of ‘Fairy Dust’, for many of our very special children. We are thrilled to have their support and in July 2014, they will turn the dreams of some very sick children, into a reality. Their plan is to raise the £65,000 necessary for a truly magical Harry Potter Experience, for our children to visit the Warner Bros. Studio - The Making of Harry Potter on the Orient Express, ensuring that by their hard work, the children are able to set aside their pain and difficult treatments and allow themselves to forget their illness and suffering just for a day.'

FFE are producing ten fun filled family pantomimes for the Christmas 2013/2014 season with a star-studded line up including Jo Brand, in her pantomime debut, and Matthew Kelly (New Wimbledon Theatre), Louie Spence (Bristol Hippodrome), Justin Fletcher (New Victoria Theatre Woking), Scottish comedienne Karen Dunbar (King’s Theatre Glasgow), Warwick Davis (Milton Keynes Theatre), Jonathan Wilkes (Regent Theatre Stoke), Ray Quinn (Liverpool Empire), Henry ‘The Fonz’ Winkler (Richmond Theatre), Anita Dobson (Aylesbury Waterside Theatre) and  Britain’s Got Talent winners Ashleigh and Pudsey and Jodie Prenger (Manchester Opera House).