Thanks to a collaboration between Ablaze, Rolls-Royce and the Bristol Hippodrome, twelve primary schools were lucky enough to be treated to boxes at the Hippodrome’s children’s shows over the last few weeks. Today, pupils from Evergreen Primary Academy – who are part of the Cabot Learning Federation – were treated to the ‘Teletubbies Live Overview’ performance and all the pupils were thrilled to see the Teletubbies on stage. For some of the pupils who attended shows over the summer, their visit to the Hippodrome was the first time they had ever been to the theatre.

Deborah Barkham, the Inclusion Lead and SENCo at Evergreen Primary Academy, said “The children really enjoyed the Teletubbies Live show. They loved the opportunity to experience live theatre in such beautiful surroundings!” She commented on the school’s Ablaze Reading Buddies: “Children at Evergreen Primary Academy are given the opportunity take part in weekly, one-to-one reading sessions with professionals from TLT Solicitors through Ablaze. Our children really value this time and have developed positive relationships with their readers. Taking part in this reading programme, alongside the other reading activities taking place in the school, provides our children with the opportunity to develop a love of reading and sharing stories. A bonus of the Ablaze Reading Buddy programme is that our children have the chance to meet inspirational adults within the Bristol community and this helps to support and develop their own aspirations for their future.”

Charlotte Kelly, Community Investment Officer at Rolls-Royce in Filton, commented “Rolls-Royce works with a range of specialist partners to support social investment programmes that make a positive difference to the local communities which we serve. We wanted to do something different in 2018, so when we were approached by the Bristol Hippodrome, we jumped at the opportunity to become one of their corporate partners offering those who may not be able to visit the theatre the opportunity to go. With shows like Awful Auntie, Teletubbies Live and Peppa Pig’s Adventure being shown at the Bristol Hippodrome, we decided to work with our longstanding corporate charity & partner, Ablaze, to offer this opportunity to pupils who might not get the chance to go to the theatre. Rolls-Royce employees support the Ablaze ‘Reading Buddy’ primary school intervention by volunteering in a local school, to help children who are struggling with their literacy. This has been a fantastic partnership, bringing three organisations together to give something back to the local community.”

Ablaze is a registered charity which wholly relies on business support & donations to be able to continue its work across Bristol & South Gloucestershire supporting young people with their learning. If your business would like to get involved with volunteering, or to fund raise or donate to this worthy charity, please email enquiries@ablazebristol.org to find out more.