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Wheelbirks Nativity 2014

Last week we held our live Nativity and it was a roaring sucess. Volunteers from the staff here at Wheelbirks gave up their time to deliver the Christmas message to our customers! The audience followed Mary and Joesph around the farmyard sharing their journey to Bethlehem. The performance finished in the stable and the voices of St James Church choir from Riding Mill topped off the evening perfectly with Christmas carols.

We have had amazing feedback from visitors, Leanne who watched the performance with her daughter had this to say...
"I just wanted to say a huge thank you to all involved with the nativity this evening. To say it was magical was an understatement. I left with goosebumps and a lovely warm feeling I generally only get after watching It's a Wonderful Life!! The singing was stunning and I couldn't stop watching the faces of my little girl and her friends who were completely mesmerized by the whole thing!"

We were also featured on the front page of the Hexham Courant, if you would like to read the article, please click here.

We would like to say a HUGE thank you to the cast, and supporting staff members, our choir and of course everyone who came to watch. Christmas is a very plentiful time of year for us in the UK but our Nativity was held to raise money for those less fortunate. The money raised from this years Nativity is going directly to the Organization for Basic Training in Cambodia, to give poor children the chance of an education and a better future.

The Organisation for Basic Training in Cambodia is a charity very close to one of our staff members heart's, Olivia Dedes who has worked with us since 2010 recently took some time out to volunteer for the OBT in Cambodia. Olivia who will reprise her role as Mary in this years nativity is heading back out to Cambodia in the new year and will take all the funds raised with her to inject directly back into this amazing charity.

OBT provides free-of-charge English, Khmer, arts, traditional music and dance classes to the children from Chiro village to improve their chance to go on to higher education, their employment prospects and provide them with a safe environment to play and grow. Most of the children who attend OBT come from farmer families with an income of less than 25 dollars a month. This is less than a dollar a day for the whole family.Giving a child the gift of being able to speak English will help them to get a well-paid job in the rising Cambodian tourist industry. At the same time, OBT provides funding towards state education for the most unprivileged children and additional after school classes for all children. This can prevent most children from finding illegal work in Thailand or being hired as cheap manual labor from an early age.
For more information on OBT and details of their projects please see their website.

We are absolutely over the moon to announce some very exciting news about our Nativity. From the ticket sales and donations during the evenings we were so proud to have raised £2250 for our chosen charity Organization for Basic Training in Cambodia! After we had calculated our total donation we were shocked and thrilled to be told that a customer was to match what we had already raised to take the donation to a PHENOMENAL total of £5000! The benefactor was so impressed to hear about Olivia's time in one of the poorest villages in Cambodia, the good work that is being done there and also the effort the staff of the Parlour has gone to. They have asked to remain anonymous but we cannot express how thankful we are to them!

Did you see the brilliant write up of our lovely Olivia Dedes and the good work of OBT in Christmas edition of the Hexham Courant?

Posted on 22 December 2014

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