It’s become a tradition at Capstone North to visit the panto at Christmas. This year, 80 of over Heywood children and carers came together and attended the famous Oldham Coliseum. This theatre is renowned for pantomine and has been putting the extra sparkle into the festive season for generations, with all the ingredients for fantastic family fun: hit songs, silliness, a sprinkling of fairy dust and a generous helping of “It’s Behind You!”

This year’s panto was Jack and the Beanstalk – a true hit! The well-known story is about a boy called Jack that sells his cow for magic beans, much to the dismay of his mother. But when the beans grow into a gigantic beanstalk, Jacket sets off on an adventure in the magical land about the clouds.

Featuring a magic fairy, a hippy cow and of course, a giant, Jacket and the beanstalk is a traditional family pantomime with a modern twist – the perfect Christmas treat for children and the ‘not-go-grown-up’ grown-ups.

All the carers, staff and children loved the show. E, one of our young people who attended, was so impressed to see other young people performing on the stage, that she now wants to join a drama club and get into acting, which is so wonderful to hear!

Pantomime is great fun and a favourite with our carers in the North! We can’t wait for next year’s performance of Cinderella already.

Over Christmas our Heywood support workers Emma, Hayley and Helen took our youth group to Nando’s for their Christmas treat. The youth group has been up and running for a couple of years now and the group really look forward to meeting up.

Several young people aged over 11 attended the meal, all the young people have met before and are really familiar with each other. They sat and chatted nicely with each other while choosing which food they would like. Staff and the young people chatted about what they where up to over the Christmas period.

Christmas can be a challenge for our children and young people in care but it was nice to see that they were looking forward to activities that they had planned.

Everyone enjoyed the meal especially the puddings!

Mission Christmas GiftsIn December, we asked the carers and staff from the North to take part in the Hits Radio Mission Christmas appeal, and they didn’t disappoint. We had lots of gifts donated and the carers and staff concentrated on buying gifts for the older aged children and young people.

Mission Christmas works with thousands of organisations across the UK who support disadvantaged children aged 0-18. Mission Christmas works closely with social workers, head teachers and also the emergency services. They nominate families in crisis to be supported by the appeal. It is the largest annual Christmas toy appeal in the UK.

Mission Christmas appeal has helped 41,836 children across Greater Manchester as 1 in 3 children live in property across the region. Mission Christmas is all about bringing these children some Christmas spirit at the time they need it most.

Mission Christmas work with over 350 organisations in the Greater Manchester area specifically supporting underprivileged children who ensure that our donation will support a child not expecting a visit from Santa.

It’s such a worthy cause to be involved with and we look forward to taking part again next Christmas!

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