The Theatre Club presented a cheque for £733 to St. Peters and St. James Hospice near Wivelsfield Green.

The money was raised by a raffle during the January run of the previous pantomime. Sophie Davies, playing Maid Marion, presented the cheque with other cast members Stephanie Somerville and Dale Smith (pictured).

The club’s chairperson Rosalind Wood said: “The club is delighted once again to have been able to support the hospice in memory of our previous Panto director, June Colledge.”

The club feared it might not have avenue for this December’s panto run after Mid Sussex District Council decided to close the usual venue of the Martlets Hall to make way for redevelopment and made no provision for a replacement.

Burgess Hill Girls school offered its Croft Hall and performances will be staged in the run up to Christmas.

The show times are Saturday December 15 and 22 at 2.00pm and 6.30pm; Sunday 16 December noon and 4.30pm; Thursday 20 December and Friday 21 at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £10.00. The box office at the Church Walk theatre is open from10am until 1pm each Wednesday and Saturday. Telephone booking may be made at other times on 01444 242984.

Mrs Wood said: “The audience is always very generous in supporting the raffle each year and we hope to give the hospice a generous donation from raffle ticket sales at the new venue at the school. Rehearsals are going very well and some performances are selling out already, so we are all looking forward to our December performances.”