The Enchanted Forest, Perthshires multi-award winning sound and light show, has announced that it has released an additional 1500 tickets for Thursday 2nd October when it will hold a dedicated charity event, the proceeds from which will be split equally between two Scottish charities: Childrens Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) and Autism Scotland.
Over 45,000 tickets went on sale for The Enchanted Forests 13th event, elemental, in June and organisers are already predicting a sell-out show this year with demand for tickets already up by 37%. The release of additional tickets will be welcomed by fans of the show and by supporters of the charities alike.
Graham Brown, chairman of the Highland Perthshire Community Interest Company that runs The Enchanted Forest, commented:
The Community Interest Company is, for the first time, in a strong position to give back to the local community and we have selected two charities that are very active in this area. It is marvellous to be able to assist Scottish Autism and CHAS with a charity night on the 2nd October and we wish them well and hope that they will benefit greatly from this unique fundraising opportunity.
Derek Allan, producer of The Enchanted Forest added:
This is an exciting development for the show. As a community based event, we are very committed to giving something back and the two charities chosen both do exceptionally important work to support families and children across Scotland.
Every year we get very positive feedback from customers whose children are affected by autism, and the profound impact the show has on them. For other families who are facing challenges, such as those supported by CHAS, the show offers an opportunity to enjoy time together and a break from their normal routine. We are proud to be giving both Scottish Autism and CHAS a helping hand.
Karen Wilson, fundraising manager for Scottish Autism commented:
We are delighted to be selected as one of the charities to benefit from this event. This is a fantastic opportunity to raise the profile of our services which support people with autism and their families throughout Scotland. We are also looking forward to bringing along some of our service users to enjoy the experience on the night.
Alison Rennie, CHAS Fundraiser commented:
Were very excited to have been chosen as one of the charities to benefit from The Enchanted Forests first ever charity evening. It promises to be a magical event and all the funds received by CHAS will help us to continue to provide vital support to babies, children and young people with life-shortening conditions.
The 2014 show, elemental, sees the return of the creative team that put together last years successful show, with lighting design by Kate Bonney and Simon Hayes, sound design and composition by RJ McConnell, and orchestral compositions by Jon Beales.
The Enchanted Forest takes place from Friday 3rd Sunday 26th October 2014 at Faskally Wood near Pitlochry.
Tickets for the Charity Night on Thursday 2nd October are available by visiting www.enchantedforest.org.uk/charity