Helping spread the Christmas cheer

Community member Andrea Johnston who works in HMP Kilmarnock raises money every year to allow local families to attend the local Pantomime free of charge. Andrea fundraises within the prison and the local area and receives a generous donation from Serco who run the contract for HMP Kilmarnock.

This year, a £1500 donation from Community meant that, as well as free tickets, all of the children who attended the Pantomime were also given a Christmas gift.

Scotland Regional Organiser, Jason Wyllie who attended the Snow-White Pantomime at the Palace Theatre with his own family, said:

“Community was delighted to make this donation. With the cost-of-living crisis, families are feeling the pinch this year and having to cut back on some festivities. That’s why the union stepped up – so that the children of our members at HMP Kilmarnock each received a present.

The work Andrea does in organising this event is amazing. She gives up so much of her own time to organise it and manages to fundraise to not only pay for the tickets but also to provide travel for everyone and even goody bags. We’re proud to have her as a member and of the work she does to help her local community.”

Andrea Johnston, organiser of the Pantomime visit, said:

“The trip to the Kilmarnock Panto is one of my favourite times of the year – it takes a lot of planning but it’s all worth it to see families spending quality time together and seeing the laughter on the kids’ faces. I have been a member of Community for over 20 years and was really proud that my union gave such a significant donation – it was an extra surprise for the kids on the day of the panto and to see their excitement was just wonderful. Thank you Community!”

A massive thank you and well done to Andrea (Mrs Claus) and all her helpers!

If you want to play a part in ensuring every child receives a Christmas present this year, you can read more about our Christmas present appeal here.

If you are a member of Community and need advice or support, please contact our Service Centre at or on 0800 389 6332.

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