Firstly our two main fundraising events this year will be:
* A BLACK TIE BALL on the 17th June 2017
* DONATE FOR DAN RUGBY DAY on the 29th July 2017.
More details to follow but please save the dates!

The Dan Hickey Fund is very pleased to announce the eight organisations to which we will be giving the first set of grants.
1. Creative youth network – to help fund their Christmas 2017 in-house production. The organisation tackle the issues that stop young people reaching their potential, by providing social and emotional support in the form of arts-based activities in a safe and creative background.
2. Four Acres Academy - To fund the schools participation in the Shakespeare schools festival, which includes a drama workshop for the pupils run by a professional, and the resources for the pupils to put on a performance at the Tobacco Factory. The children who attend the academy come from Withywood, which is an area in the most 10% deprived in the UK.
3. Henbury School – to help fund towards the attendance at a performing arts summer camp. The camp provides an opportunity for students to take part in Drama, Dance and Music activities. The grant will help fund places for students who are from low-income families or who receive income support.
4. Kneehigh – Kneehigh was Dan’s favourite theatre company and the grant will be funding the Kneehigh Rambles Community Tickets at the Bristol Old Vic. This gives community groups and individuals who are ordinarily not able to attend the theatre a chance to experience one of Kneehigh’s award winning shows as a VIP, to include a pre show workshop with the Kneehigh actors. The DHF will be providing two grants to fund this activity for two of their shows: Tristan and Yseult and The Tim Drum.
5. Oasis academy Brislington – to help pay for sports kit and specialist equipment for students to use in the development of their sporting performance whilst part of their Netball and Rugby sports academies. Many of the students come from a disadvantaged background, the aim of the programme is to engage the students and give them a group to be part of to help focus them being at school, to improve their attendance and behaviour.
6. Off the record Bristol – to help fund their drama therapy service that is run at their creative arts centre. The therapy is targeted at young people who are suffering from some form of mental health problem, in the hope that the project will help build self-confidence and esteem among participants. By immersing themselves in drama young people are able to confront and express their emotions.
7. Tobacco factory arts trust – the DHF fund will be providing 6 bursaries named the Dan Hickey Bursaries for the Tobacco Factories Young Theatre Maker sessions in their Easter and Summer school. The bursaries will be awarded to young people who do not have the means to participate otherwise. There will be a focus on developing key abilities in the sessions such as confidence, self-motivation, teamwork and creativity whilst also working on theatre-related skills.
8. Unique voice – to fund a creative drama holiday programme for children experiencing multiple disadvantages and living in poverty. The camp will involve creative and art based activities, games and performance skill workshops to explore the theme New Beginnings and help the children learn new skills, gain confidence and increase self-esteem. There will be a final performance at the end of the week where the children can showcase to their families what they have learnt.
On behalf of the whole committee I would like to thank everyone that has supported the DHF this year and helped us to fundraise. None of these great causes would have been able to receive the support for these projects without you.
We will be announcing more details about the ball and rugby day soon!
Lizzie Hickey
February 2017.
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