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Presentation of raffle proceeds raised during the weeks run  of OLIVER!

On 9th July President Helen Bryant presented a cheque to the sum of £1056 to Minty Buckingham, Trust and Corporate Fundraiser for SOS Children’s Villages UK. The amount was raised during the Society’s production of Oliver! earlier in the year.

On receiving the cheque Minty explained to   Helen that every child looked after by SOS Children’s Villages would benefit from the donation whether through a family home or education funding.

“Knowing that children would benefit from the generosity of the people of Shrewsbury and beyond I would like to take this opportunity  to thank everyone who donated to this very worthwhile charity”.


A wonderful Charity giving hope and a future for thousands of children around the world.

On behalf of SAOS I would like to sincerely thank you for your support and generosity towards our charity raffle during our production of Oliver! at Theatre Severn.  The total amount raised was £1056, which would not have been achieved without your generosity and kindness.

SOS Children’s Villages is one of the world’s largest charities working with orphaned and abandoned children. They work towards every child growing up in a loving family home, whether it is with the child’s biological family or a new SOS family, so that they flourish and reach their full potential.

Thank you once again for your kind support to my chosen charity

Helen Bryant

President  SAOS 2017-2018

President's Charity for 2017-2018

Each production Shrewsbury Amateur Operatic Society raises funds through the show raffle to a Charity nominated by the current President.



SOS Children’s Villages work wherever children need a secure and loving home. Today, there are an estimated 140 million children worldwide who have lost one or both parents, with at least 13 million of these children having lost both parents. SOS Children’s Villages supports vulnerable children, as well as fragmented families, in 125 countries across five continents.
When a child loses everything, SOS Children’s Villages is there to give them a home, a mother and a family. They provide homes where children grow up from infancy to adulthood. Homes with an SOS mother and siblings – this is what makes SOS Children’s Villages unique.

In these supportive communities, children grow up in families and receive all they need to flourish: care from an SOS mother, and an SOS family with boys and girls of different ages, a family house, a village community, good education at SOS Nurseries and Schools, quality healthcare at SOS Medical Centres and support until they are independent young adults.
 We thank you for your kind support.

Helen Bryant
President  SAOS 2017-2018

Past President's Charities

Three organisations have each benefited to the tune of £225 following Shrewsbury Amateur Operatic Society’s last musical show.

President Heather Game selected Alzheimer’s Society, Dogs Trust Shrewsbury and Coeliac UK to receive monies raised from the raffle at the society’s production of A Tale of Two Cities at Theatre Severn earlier in the year.

Sue Rose, a volunteer for Alzheimer’s Society, said the donation would support the services which they provided, including singing for the brain sessions as well as support workers.  

She added that one in 14 people over the age of 65 were diagnosed with dementia.

On receiving her cheque, Lee Pogson, supporter relations officer for Dogs Trust Shrewsbury, said the money would provide much needed general care for the dogs at the Roden Centre.

“Dogs find themselves with us through no fault of their own so we are very grateful to organisations such as Shrewsbury Amateur Operatic Society for supporting us so generously.”

​Coeliac UK sent the society a certificate in recognition of their cheque for £225.

Our outgoing President Mrs Heather Game, presenting the cheques to her chosen charities

President's Charity for 2016-2017


2016 - Shrewsbury Amateur Operatic Society has made a donation to Severn Hospice following its recent production at Theatre Severn. A cheque for more than £1,000 was presented by society president Dave Cookson to Severn Hospice community fundraising advisor Mike Perry.

The money was raised from raffles during the society’s last show, Return to the Forbidden Plant, which ran for five performances at Theatre Severn. This also followed a most successful takeover by cast members of the Hospice’s Mardol shop with takings that day of over £850.

It was against the backdrop of a show pop up that Dave presented the society’s cheque to Mike who outlined its importance to the Severn Hospice. “At Severn Hospice we are really grateful for gifts such as this to provide us with two thirds of our income each year. “This gift will go a long way towards helping us look after our patients and their families when they need our support.” Said Dave: “I am delighted to present a cheque for such an excellent amount to the Severn Hospice which is close to my heart. The hospice provides such a wonderful service which I have experienced at first hand, sadly through some very close friends. “I am pleased to hear about how the money will be spent and on behalf of the society our grateful thanks to the show audiences who gave such tremendous support on behalf of Severn Hospice.”

​The society’s musical A Tale of Two Cities, was performed at Theatre Severn from March 22-25, each evening at 7.30 pm with a matinee on the 25th at 2.30 pm.

The newly elected president of Shrewsbury Amateur Operatic Society has been told how their donation to the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital Ward 23 Oncology and Haematology Unit will be spent.  Dave Cookson was told that only this week the unit had ordered 10 new drip stands and the £1,277 which the society has donated will buy six of the new stands which will be colour coded for use only on Ward 23. Mr. Cookson, a long-standing member of the society, was making his first formal duty as the society’s new president following his election to office at the recent annual meeting.

A delighted Annette Parry, ward manager, and Jane Keville, ward sister, said they couldn’t thank the society enough for the donation which represented the proceeds from the raffle during their last Theatre Severn production Sister Act. “The donation is very timely and will be put to very good use with our patients benefiting as the money will be going towards new drip stands for the ward,” said Annette.  “Our grateful thanks go to the society for thinking of us to make this extremely generous donation.” She added that the new drip stands would replace some which have been in use for the last 15 years.

As the Society's President David attended the Mayor's Charity Lunch on August 16th at the Flower Show Member's  Pavilion in The Quarry. This photo was taken a few days later with the Mayor & Mayoress, Councillor & Mrs. Miles Kenny, in the Mayor's  Parlour in Shrewsbury Castle. In the background can be seen the Mayoral Robes, the Borough's Ceremonial Sword and the Loving Cup.   
Photographed from left to right are Annette Parry, Shirley Scott, health care assistant, Jane Keville, Dave Cookson and Ruth Shingler, health care assistant.


Cheque presentations have been made to five organisations represented by a well known local lady who has just completed her year as president of Shrewsbury Amateur Operatic Society.

Mary Anne Richey nominated St. John Ambulance Cadets, Relate Shropshire, Herefordshire and North Staffordshire, Shrewsbury and district branch of MS Society, Rea Valley Group Riding for the Disabled and Shrewsbury MENCAP who have received cheques for £260 each. The money for these organisations was raised through a raffle from the society’s last show Fiddler on the Roof performed at Theatre Severn.