Cllr Ben Adams this week paid tribute to the trustees and supporters of the Mercian PACT and Residents community group for raising valuable funds to allow children living in and around the Leyfields a night at the Panto.
For the sixth year in a row, Mercian PACT Chairman, Graham Houghton, led the fundraising campaign, which paid for tickets for over 250 children to attend the Pantomime at the Tamworth Assembly Rooms two weeks ago.
Cllr Adams, who represents the Leyfields on Staffordshire County Council, said, “I would like to congratulate and thank all the trustees and supporters of the Mercian PACT and Residents community group that once again helped make this a special Christmas for people living in and around Mercian and The Leyfields.
“Their fund raising and hard work this year meant that over 250 children enjoyed the Pantomime at the Tamworth Assembly Rooms on Saturday night. Over the past 6 years, this local group have arranged for over 1100 children to visit the Pantomime. It was fun to hear the excitement building up outside the venue on Saturday, I wonder if the performers were able to make themselves heard?”
The Mercian group also made two visits to the Food Bank, provided 40 harvest festival parcels and 30 Christmas hampers to make these celebrations special for other local people who might otherwise have missed out.
Cllr Adam continued, “I have been delighted to help the group out with contributions from my County Councillor’s Local Community Fund. This voluntary organisation is always first on my list because I know the funding will go a long way and it is put to good work along with contributions the tenants and residents of Leyfields, local shop keepers, staff at the Tamworth Information Centre and the pantomime organisers themselves.
“Thanks again to everyone and especially Graham Houghton and Penny Evans who work all year round to generate so many smiles.”