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Published on : Wednesday, December 4, 2013
A COMEDYdrama hosted by Grand Jersey raised almost £1,000 for adults with special needs.
‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ by playwright Brenda Murphy, showcased at the hotel over two days during the first week of October.
Linda Byrne, special needs instructor at Le Geyt Adult Day Services, thanked the organisers and performers. ‘We are not a registered charity so any donations or funds such as these are very gratefully received and will be put to good use,’ she said.
‘We are hoping to be able to buy some ladies’ pampering equipment, as well as perhaps a new selection of current and popular music. We would also like to buy some relaxation/ sensory furniture.
‘Thanks to the performers, and to Grand Jersey for hosting the event, we are hopefully able to do this now and we intend to let people accessing our services help us choose what we buy.’
The play centres on a young working class man who agrees to be a sperm donor for a childhood friend and her lesbian partner. Stranded together in a cottage on Divis Mountain during a snow storm they find out more about each other than they care to know, encountering each other’s phobias and foibles in a hilarious and engaging piece of comedy drama.
Grand Jersey general manager Eamonn Elliott said the impressive performance, which raised a total of £984.50, proved popular with guests. More than 140 went through the doors over the two nights, with £2.50 from each ticket bought going to the service.
‘It proved to be a great intimate venue for the play, which was extremely professional and entertaining, We will definitely be putting on more of these events in 2014 with 2 lined up already he said.
‘The fact that it raised a significant sum for the Adult Day Care Service was fantastic; the beneficiaries are close to the hotel’s heart as the daughter of one of our staff members attends the vital service.’