Big Christmas Appeal to make life-changing experiences


Lighthouse has launched this year’s Big Christmas Appeal to raise money that enables it to give away thousands of free and discounted tickets to children, families and other groups who experience disadvantage.

This can be a life-changing experience and can only happen with the support of Lighthouse audiences, supporters and donors.

“It’s more important than ever this year, in the current economic climate, to ensure no one misses out on the benefits that arts, music and theatre can add to their lives, for education, understanding, entertainment and enjoyment,” says Fundraising and Ticket Sales Manager Tom Shallaker.

“This Christmas, every donation will help us to give even more local families who are experiencing disadvantage the chance to visit Lighthouse next year.”

Last year’s Appeal generosity raised £13,000, comfortably exceeding the target of £10,000, and meant that Lighthouse was able to give 2,238 tickets this year to groups and good causes.

One of the many groups that has benefitted has been Time Out, a Dorset-based SEND Parent and Carer support group. Thanks to the appeal,

“We were able to offer a group of parent carers the opportunity to enjoy a night out at SIX, which was the hottest ticket in town this year and the most successful show in the history of Lighthouse,” says Tom.

“It was a rare night out for people who normally wouldn’t think about  treating themselves to a sow, especially without the kids they spend all day and night looking after,” says Andy Walker, from Time Out.

Another group to benefit was the Poole and District Children’s Cancer Fund, which will be bringing families of children with cancer to see this year’s pantomime Aladdin.

“The Appeal has helped to subsidise relaxed performances meaning that people who benefit from a more relaxed environment, including those with an autism spectrum condition or learning disability, can join us and enjoy a show in comfort,” adds Tom.

Charities and organisations from veterans’ associations to homeless charities and shelters for victims of domestic violence have all been offered the chance to visit Lighthouse for a night of live music, stand up comedy or a theatre show.

To donate please visit Big Christmas Appeal – Lighthouse (