¬ BACCES: NODA
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!
WELL DONE, BACCES!
¬ HELP FOR THE MSH
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
¬ CHARITIES FOR 2014
Smile - aims to raise money to fund development of new drugs
to treat medulloblastoma and other childhood cancer without
devastating side effects.
Stress - provides desperately needed hope for ex- servicemen
who have suffered trauma. In 95 years they have treated over
100,000 Veterans and Reservists.
Dogs for the Blind.
House - a Christian Charity that offers healthcare and
wellbeing facilities to those who are homeless, in insecure
accommodation or at high risk of homelessness.
¬ WHAT IS BACCES?
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
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.