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Keighley performing arts group makes £1k donation to Manorlands

The BOLT Academy performing arts group has made a £1,000 donation to Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice in Oxenhope after a series of fundraising events.

The group, which is open to young aspiring performers aged 3+, selected Manorlands as its chosen charity last summer and staff and students have been raising funds at their regular shows ever since.

The organisation’s founder, actor Freddie Bolt, said: "We are delighted to make this donation and the team are busy raising money to make a second donation in the summer. This will be boosted at our next performance, Snow White and the 37 Dwarfs, at Bingley Arts Centre between Wednesday 31st May and Saturday 3rd June.”

Freddie was joined by 50 BOLT Academy students at their base at Cavendish Court in Keighley to present the funds to Andrew Wood, Community Fundraising Manager from Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice, just before one of their weekly Thursday night classes.

Andrew said: "We were delighted when Freddie got in touch to tell us we'd been selected as their chosen charity. BOLT Academy is certainly one of the town's current success stories, so for us to be associated with a thriving group like this is brilliant.

"We are so grateful for the donation of £1,000, which will help us to continue to provide the expert and compassionate care we are so well known for in the local community.”

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