Barton Peveril Students Take to the Stage to Help the Elderly in Eastleigh

Gala Dinner Dance at Eastleigh’s The Point

Barton Peveril Dinner Dance Performance

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Barton Peveril’s Performing Arts (Musical Theatre) students performed at a Gala Dinner Dance organised by Eastleigh Lions and Eastleigh Age Concern, to raise money for 1Community’s new dial-a-ride community bus service. The event took place at Eastleigh’s The Point on Saturday 12th October 2019.

The Barton Peveril students performed a range of hit-musical numbers, including songs from The Greatest Showman and 9 to 5: The Musical; the latter being one of several productions the students performed over the past year, as part of their College studies.

1Community’s dial-a-ride buses provide a vital service to the community’s elderly, lonely and infirm and the proceeds from the event will all contribute to an addition to their fleet.

“An amazing event for a good cause”

Barton Peveril Dinner Dance Performances

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Isobelle Quinn, a wheelchair user and local resident can’t speak highly enough of the of the service.

“I’ve tried using local buses but if there’s a pushchair already on the bus they won’t let me on. The dial-a-ride service takes me to and from the shops and also brings my shopping in! It’s a super service.” A new bus is desperately needed to maintain the service and so Eastleigh Lions and Eastleigh Age Concern are working tirelessly to raise the £25,000 needed.

“The Barton Peveril students have really got behind this cause and shown tremendous concern and compassion for the elderly in the area.” said Devan Kandiah, chair of Eastleigh Age Concern and the fundraising lead. “They are putting their heart and soul into rehearsing because they can see how important the bus is and they want the evening to go really well.”

Barton Peveril student Liberty Amos, who formerly attended Wildern School, performed at the event and spoke of its importance:

“It has been hard work rehearsing for the event, but at the same time it hasn’t as it’s an amazing event and for a good cause. It’s brilliant to be a part of.”