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Christmas for Kids (also known as C4K) is a charity which devises and performs shows for free at children's hospices. Our shows are specially written and designed to be multi-sensory, interactive, fun and accessible - comprising singing, storytelling, puppetry and lots of silliness!
Our audiences are unique in their range of disabilities and their needs - from life-limiting illnesses to profound multiple learning difficulties. The unifying factor is that they are unable to attend the theatre at this magical time of year, so we bring the theatre to them, to their families and their carers.
We fundraise throughout the year to maintain our company ethos: We do not charge the hospices or families anything to receive our show.
Sue Appleby founded Christmas for Kids along with Claire Sundin in 2009 as a collective of actors, touring to between 4 and 8 hospices annually until 2014. In 2015, Christmas for Kids became recognised as a registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) by the Charities Commission. This paved the way for our expansion in 2015, with 13 hospices receiving our show. For our 2016 tour, we brought in new actors to tour two teams to 28 hospices throughout England. In 2017, we toured three teams of actors to 47 children’s hospice venues including Wales in our outreach. In 2018, we toured our show 'Harry's Christmas Adventure', with three teams of actors, to 54 children’s hospices and related venues. This saw us playing to every children's hospice in England, Wales and, for the first time, Scotland. Coronavirus meant that we are choosing to 'Go Digital' in 2020!
"We cannot stress how important the effect of what you do is for the hospices, not just the children who need the service, but the families and the carers who work there. They all really loved it and the feedback from the families was very positive. All age groups who attended were fully engaged in the whole show. It was fantastic! I felt that for the children that use our service it was very uplifting. I feel you did as much as you possibly could and it was a fantastic performance."
- Barbara Hibberd, Shooting Star Chase