A key charity event is taking place at Pendle Hippodrome Theatre in Colne next weekend after one of its former members has suffered illness.
Katie Chadwick, an ex-member of Hippodrome’s Youth Theatre and Theatre Company, was diagnosed with encephalitis at the age of just 22. She was in a medically induced coma for over five months and, although still in hospital, she is now slowly making a miraculous recovery from this little known life-threatening rare condition.
Katie took part in many of the Hippodrome Theatre Company shows including “Carousel”, “Oliver”, “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” “Annie” and she played Gretl in “The Sound of Music” before becoming a student of Hammond School, Chester.
Katie’s family have had a long association with Hippodrome and its predecessors – her great grandmother Edna was the theatre company’s oldest life member until she died in 2008 aged 104.
Several events have been held locally to raise funds for the Encephalitis Society. Hippodrome actor Josh Hindle held a “Big Band Boogie” night at The Mechanics in Burnley, and a charity fund-raising evening was held at Rolls-Royce Social Club, Barnoldswick.
Katie’s boyfriend Mathew Parkinson, his sisters Olivia Parkinson and Helen Millington and his brother-in-law Matt Millington took part in the Great Manchester Run in May. Funds have also been raised from the charity boxes placed around the Hippodrome and already these events have raised over £7,500 for the Encephalitis Society.
Now it’s the turn of the Hippodrome, New Market Street, to do their bit on Friday at 7-30pm when they host a charity concert “The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow”.
Tickets are £6 each or £20 for a family ticket. The theatre box office is open every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10am to 1pm. Tickets are also available at Discover Pendle at Boundary Mill Stores, Colne, or online: http://www.phtheatre.co.uk|www.phtheatre.co.uk}