The Make A Difference Trust, has awarded grants and funded projects all over the world and once again, Richard Martin Lighting were more than happy to help raise awareness and funds by supplying the lighting for the yearly ‘West End Christmas’ event.  The Stage Bar 54, Mac 500 and Mac 600 really lit up the event and made it an unforgettable evening.

Melanie Tranter, the Chair of The Make A Difference Trust, said:

“We are only able to raise the funds we do because of you, the incredible theatre community, who work so hard and give so generously of your time to make our events possible. Every time I attend one of our events, I am truly humbled to be amongst some of the most generous, talented and inspiring people I have ever met.  Thank you seems inadequate for all you do.  Because of you, we are transforming the lives of whole communities.”

“I am proud and honoured to be a small part of the charity that brings together the theatre community in such a positive way. On behalf of the board of trustees, everyone at MAD and everyone who has and will benefit from our work, Thank You.”

“Together We Have Made A Difference”

Amongst the grants awarded, Mildmay Mission Hospital was awarded £15,000 to fund their magnet theatre project, a community theatre project in Kenya. Ubuntu Pathways received £35,000 as an ongoing commitment to their performing arts project in Port Elizabeth for HIV positive children. CHIVA Freedom To Be Summer Camp for HIV positive children in the UK received £20,000. Whilst 56 Dean Street were awarded £11,250 to support a digital lifestyle campaign for men under 25, where HIV rates are rising. We have also funded AIDS MAP which looks at mental health and HIV in the UK. These are a few of the projects, information on all the grants awarded will be on our website shortly.

In addition, the Trust funds our own projects including No Drama, which offers free HIV Self Testing Kits to members of the theatre community, Are You Positive? An education through theatre programme offered free to drama schools, and Peer to Peer support for members of the theatre community newly diagnosed or living with HIV.

For another project, we have just released £26,880.00 to build a school for AIDS Orphans in Kenya, transforming the lives of a whole community, replacing their current school with a building that will ensure that the most vulnerable children receive education, care and also importantly nutrition.