BrassNeck Theatre's £4,000 boost to charity

Wharfedale Observer: Angelo Clarke, left, receiving the annual charity donation from BrassNeck Theatre’s Peter Cohen Angelo Clarke, left, receiving the annual charity donation from BrassNeck Theatre’s Peter Cohen

A theatre company supported a cause close to its own heart when it presented a cheque to a cancer charity.

Brassneck Theatre gave just over £4,000 to Angelo’s Angels, in aid of Myeloma UK.

The cheque was presented by committee member Peter Cohen, who is himself a myeloma patient under the care of St James’s Hospital.

The Aireborough-based company chose Angelo’s Angels as its 2012/2013 charity and presented the cheque at its annual meeting in December.

A Brassneck spokesman said: “This fantastic amount came from audience ‘bucket’ collections, the sale of hundreds of fabulous calendars depicting our very own Calendar Girls and £1,000 raised by chairman Richard Lloyd on completion of a triathlon in the gym at Beckfoot School.

“Myeloma is cancer of the bone marrow and has no cure at the moment but we are very fortunate to have an excellent haematology department at St James’s Hospital in Leeds where extensive treatment and research takes place on a daily basis. All the money raised by Angelo’s Angels – over £150,000 to date – goes directly to this unit.”

The company is thanking everyone who helped to raise the ‘magnificent’ total.

The cheque was presented to Angelo Clarke, of Pudsey, who set up Angelo’s Angels after being diagnosed with myeloma eight years ago.

Since his diagnosis he has worked tirelessly to raise money to help other sufferers of the disease.

Angelo had two stem cell transplants after his sister, Anna, was found to be a match.

He set up fundraising initiative Angelo’s Angels in aid of Myeloma UK, a charity funding research into treatments and improving the quality of life for sufferers.

This year Brassneck won praise for its productions of Whistle down the Wind in May and Avenue Q in November. It is planning to stage The Wedding Singer in May.

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