Kent-based Markerstudy Group took more than 1,000 people living in and around Tunbridge Wells and those working for Kent emergency services on a magical carpet ride, with its first ever Christmas pantomime, Aladdin. Bucket collections raised £1,409.40 for charity, which is being split equally between Help for Heroes and The Pickering Cancer Drop-in Centre in Tunbridge Wells.
Tickets were free and the four performances between 15th-17th December in the Victorian Theatre, Salomons, were fully booked. Aladdin featured an all-staff cast of 17 and was directed by Kiley McDonnell and Holly Whitehead.
Edward Prentice, Volunteer County Co-ordinator for Kent at Help for Heroes, who attended a performance, commented: “It was a lovely show and had plenty of audience participation which the children all seemed to enjoy. Well done to all the cast and crew for putting on such an event and for the benefit of two worthy causes.”
Aladdin was the final project of the annual Markerstudy ‘Shooting Stars’ programme, which is undertaken by employees who have been recognised as having management potential. The candidates were tasked with organising all aspects of the production, and following its success, there are plans to repeat the Markerstudy pantomime in December 2014.
Elizabeth Gower, Trustee and Therapy Team Leader for The Pickering Cancer Drop-in Centre, said: “We’re so grateful to those involved in the Aladdin production. The panto was really enjoyed by all, who admired the costumes, the acting and more particularly the vivacious energy of the cast, back stage crew and front of house helpers.”
The two charities will be formally presented with ‘big cheques’ later this month. For more information about Markerstudy Group, visit: www.markerstudy.co.uk.
Photo caption: The Markerstudy panto cast and crew with representatives from The Pickering Cancer Drop-in Centre (far left) and Help for Heroes (far right).
Notes to Editors:
Markerstudy Group was named 18th in The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For 2013 and won both Employer of the Year and Large Business of the Year at the 2013 KEiBA awards. It includes the insurance arm of the business: Markerstudy Insurance Company Limited and Zenith Insurance plc (acquired in January 2010) plus supporting companies Markerstudy Limited and Zenith Insurance Management UK Limited, providing distribution, claims and administrative support. St Julian’s is the MFSA regulated Insurance company writing EL/PL classes for the Group. The following brands operate within the Markerstudy Retail Division: Blagrove Insurance Brokers, Caterer’s Club, Equesure, Insurance Choice, Insurance Factory.com, Insurance Factory Commercial, Insurance Shop, Mobilers, The Insurance Factory and Thames City Insurance, all of which offer value and choice to a wide range of customers. The Group recently acquired four businesses from Capita Insurance Services - Lancaster Insurance Services, Sureterm Direct, Delta Underwriting and BDML Connect. In addition, Markerstudy Group encompasses Auto Windscreens, which joined the Group in February 2011, TCW Group, acquired in June 2011 and Vision Vehicle Solutions Limited, purchased in December 2012.
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