Published: 14 Dec 2010

Panto stars appearing at Darlington Civic Theatre took time out of their busy schedule to help create a magical Christmas for under privileged people in the region.

When Jennings Motor Group, with SEAT, Mazda and Ford dealerships across the region, agreed for the twelfth consecutive year, to support the Salvation Army’s Annual Christmas Appeal by using its branch network as collection and drop off points, they turned to Darlington Civic Theatre to see if panto stars, including David Essex, The Grumbleweeds and Susan Hallam-Wright, in this year’s ‘Peter Pan’ production, could assist with the promotion of the Appeal.

At the photo shoot, David Cook, sales executive at JenningsSEAT in Middlesbrough, took the opportunity to present a number of gifts on behalf of the Cargo Fleet Lane dealership, to Captain Steve Fripp from The Salvation Army’s office in Darlington.

Craig Johnson, franchise manager at Jennings SEAT in Middlesbrough, said; “The Salvation Army does an amazing job helping in the community, not just at Christmas time, but all year round and once again we are delighted to be able to support one of the longest Appeals in the North East.”

Last year in the North East, the Appeal assisted over 11,837 people by providing gifts to those less fortunate at Christmas time. This included providing toys for more than 7392 children, gifts for more than 2657 families, in addition to 426 elderly people who also received gifts, 1416 homeless people who received gifts and more than 946 food parcels being distributed.

Major Marion Mountain, divisional community services officer for the Salvation Army, said; “We are extremely grateful to Darlington Civic Theatre and to Jennings Motor Group for their valued support.

“Once again we are appealing for gifts of all ages, from young children to teenagers and the elderly, but time is of the essence if members of the public want to make a donation, as the Appeal is scheduled to come to a close on Friday 17th December 2010.”

Jennings branches can be found at Cargo Fleet Lane, Middlesbrough; Yarm Road, Stockton; Riverside Road, Sunderland; Newcastle Road, South Shields and Eslington Park, Gateshead. The group’s service department on Parsons Road in Washington is also being used as a drop off point for the Appeal.

‘Peter Pan ’ is on at Darlington Civic Theatre until Sunday 16th January 2010. Anyone who has not yet bought their tickets should telephone Darlington Civic Theatre on 01325 486 555.

For more information about the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal, contact 0191 2381820.

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