The Big House Gala fundraiser held on the evening of March 6th at Wringer and Mangle in Dalston, was a great success, surpassing all expectations. The event raised well over £40,000 which will help the charity to support care leavers who are at risk of social exclusion, to manage the transition to living independently.
Maggie Norris, Artistic Director and Chief Executive, gave an inspirational talk on the work of the charity, which offers its members a programme of life skill and employment skills sessions plus drama workshops that culminate in an original theatre show and four weeks of performances. It also provides access to opportunities, holistic support and long term mentoring.
This was followed by impressive testimonials from several young people who are currently benefitting from the charity and from others who have participated in the programme and stayed on as mentors and as part of the growing community that The Big House fosters.
Guest speakers included Sir Lenny Henry and Game of Thrones actor and Patron of the charity Ed Skrein, (photographed below with Chris Currell CEO). Ed spoke about his involvement with the charity as a mentor and the invaluable work carried out by the Big House.
If you want to find out more about the work of the Big House visit http://thebighouse.uk.com/