Our Emcees Win for ‘Best Donor Love’

After a successful night at the Emcees Arts and Culture Awards for Excellence in Fundraising, SSF can now call itself an award-winning charity!

We were delighted to come home with the trophy for ‘Best Donor Love’ example, which we were awarded for our Christmas card campaign.

With every Christmas card we sent to our loyal supporters at the end of 2017, we enclosed a copy of a letter written by 10 year old Ellie, a Festival performer for whom the experience of standing up on stage had been life-changing:

‘Dear Supporter,

I have enjoyed a lot about my Shakespeare performance. We did The Tempest and I was Stephano, a drunken butler. I loved watching the children from other schools enjoy themselves and hope that next year more children can enjoy the same experience as well.

This event has given me a lot more confidence and made me want to do more acting and speaking in front of crowds…

I loved doing our play written by William Shakespeare and thank you for helping others to do it again next year.’

Our work is only possible due to the generosity of our supporters. We wanted to share with you first-hand the impact of your commitment to us. We know that the Festival process raises aspirations and attainment, instills confidence and encourages young people the length and breadth of the UK to speak up and join in. We know that Shakespeare really can transform lives for good. So who better to thank you and show you the difference you are making than Ellie herself?

Each card was also personalised with a hand-written note from our Chief Executive, Ruth Brock. We were thrilled with the response from our supporters, who really enjoyed receiving the cards.

The Emcees awards were established in 2016 by The National Arts Fundraising School and The Management Centre, with the intention of recognising arts and culture fundraising. The ceremony is the only event in the UK dedicated to celebrating the work of arts charities and this year’s shortlist included ENO, Northern Ballet, The National Trust and the National Museum of Scotland. Congratulations to all the winners and nominees and a huge thank you to The National Arts Fundraising School and the Management Centre.

And of course, to all our supporters, all that remains to say is:

‘I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks and ever thanks'

                                                              Twelfth Night (Act Three, Scene Three)

SSF is a cultural education charity that exists to instil curiosity and empathy, aspiration and self-esteem, literacy and teamwork - giving young people the confidence to see that all the world is their stage.

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