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BACCES is delighted and very proud to announce that it has won three awards at today's NODA (National Operatic and Dramatic Association) AGM at the Wyllyotts Theatre, Potters Bar.

The society was nominated and shortlisted for the following six awards in the London Region:

The S. Leslie Cowham Trophy - Programme Design (Souvenir Class)
The Shelly Lemesh Award - The Unsung Hero
The Louise English Trophy - Contributions Made by a Young Person
The Sheila Rawlings Lifetime Achievement Award
The 'It's Behind You' award - Best Pantomime
The Kathleen Oyler Trophy - Chorus Work

Of the six nominations, BACCES walked away with three trophies for: Best Programme Design (Souvenir Class)(Lucinda Bowditch); the Unsung Hero (Brian Stubbington); and, perhaps most excitingly of all, Best Pantomime.

Jane Bowditch, Director of BACCES' 2014 production, said, "This is a wonderful day for BACCES, and an endorsement of the tireless work the society does to raise money for charity. We should all be very proud. Truly, it was the fact that we all worked together, to achieve our goal....to put on a show, raise money for charity AND have fun doing it!"

BACCES will now be put forward for the National NODA Awards in the above three categories later this year. We will, of course, keep you posted of the results!




Members of BACCES (British Airways Cabin Crew Entertainment Society) gave a cheque presentation to The Michael Sobell Hospice at Mount Vernon Hospital, Northwood, on 12th June 2014.

The charitable donation of £3,000 was made by BACCES from monies raised from their last pantomime production, "Dick Whittington", which was staged in December of last year. Denise Tricker (BACCES member) nominated The MSH Hospice as a beneficiary of monies raised in memory of her late brother, Andrew, who had been cared for as an inpatient at the hospice in 2010.

Ophelia Chambers-Henry (Events and Community FR Manager), who has been employed by the hospice for the past eight years, said, "We are very grateful to BACCES for the money they have donated, which will be put directly into patient care. I hope BACCES will keep up the great work they do and will continue to support local charities. We really appreciate it."

Registered nurse, Jan Mansell (Manager Day Unit), who has been working at the hospice for more than nine years, gave the BACCES team a comprehensive insight into the work they do and a guided tour of the facilities, which were built in 1978 and then extended in 1982.

At present, there are six part-time staff - three nurses, two complementary therapists, and an art therapist - and a support councillor working at the facility, which is primarily funded by the "Friends" of the hospice. It costs in the region of £6,000 per day to keep it running. An additional 30% of the funding needed comes from the NHS. There are also a large number of volunteers who assist by driving patients to and from the facility, helping to serve lunches, and entertaining.

In addition to the curative and palliative clinical care offered, patients are able to avail of art therapy (glass painting, water/oil colours, jewellery making, card making, knitting, poetry writing, and the making of memory books, etc.), physiotherapy, complementary therapies, and infusions. The hospice also offers respite care. With the staff's 'can do' attitude and their wishing to maintain as much normality in the lives of their patients, birthdays are celebrated (always with a cake, of course!), patients are encouraged to come and go at their leisure, and the barbecue is lit, when the weather permits, on the extensive terraced area.

Ranging in age from their early twenties to over a hundred, patients come from a wide area including Rickmansworth, Hayes, Harlington, Pinner, Harrow, Leavesden, and Northwood. The hospice can accommodate sixteen inpatients and approximately fifteen day care patients at any one time. The staff will not turn patients away because of where they live. The only constraint is the number of beds/spaces available to them.

For more details on the wonderful work done by the Michael Sobell Hospice and for details of upcoming fundraising events, check out their web site at www.michaelsobellhospice.co.uk

Christopher's Smile - aims to raise money to fund development of new drugs to treat medulloblastoma and other childhood cancer without devastating side effects. www.christopherssmile.org.uk/

Combat Stress - provides desperately needed hope for ex- servicemen who have suffered trauma. In 95 years they have treated over 100,000 Veterans and Reservists. www.combatstress.org.uk/

Guide Dogs for the Blind. www.guidedogs.org.uk/‎

Beacon House - a Christian Charity that offers healthcare and wellbeing facilities to those who are homeless, in insecure accommodation or at high risk of homelessness. www.beaconhouseministries.org.uk/


BACCES is a non-profit charitable organisation which was originally set up in 1970 by two British European Airways (BEA) stewards who wrote a comedy review and staged it at York House in March 1971, Twickenham, UK for two nights. It was so popular that it ran for a further three sell out nights at Chiswick Town Hall. The national press heard of this venture and prompted "Jak" of the Evening Standard to publish a cartoon lampooning the efforts of BA cabin crew. Since that time the company have been producing reviews and, more recently, and to great acclaim, pantomimes in aid of national and local charities. The company writes, directs and produces the whole show with very little help from outside sources.

In 2008 BACCES won the Flame Award for Inspirational Excellence in Theatre from the National Operatic and Dramatic Association for their 2007 production of Cinderella.

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