Chairman plays fairy godmother to children in care this Christmas

They are as much a part of Christmas as mince pies and carols. Who doesn’t love a trip to the theatre to see a pantomime over the festive season?

A group of children and young people in care from across Bucks were treated to a free trip to the pantomime this year as guests of the Chairman of Buckinghamshire County Council, Patricia Birchley.

The children and young people, ranging in age from two years up to 15 were nominated to go on the special outing by their social workers. Eleven children, accompanied by their carers went to see Jack and the Beanstalk on 12 December at the Wycombe Swan and 14 children and their carers watched Snow White and the Seven Dwarves at Aylesbury Waterside on14 December.

Patricia explained: “I really wanted to do something for our children and young people in care. Christmas is a time for spending with family but for many of these children, for a whole variety of reasons, that is not possible. We wanted to take them out to enjoy a fun evening with their carers where they could sit back, switch off and enjoy the festive fun on stage.”

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