Children enjoy a magical evening of entertainment

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Youngsters in foster care and from children’s homes enjoyed a magical evening of entertainment at the Lighthouse Theatre in Kettering thanks to the Telegraph.

The Telegraph donated 200 tickets to see Peter Pan to Northamptonshire social services, which were then passed on to dozens of foster families and youngsters living in two children’s homes.

Peter Pan, which stars Darren Day as the evil Captain Hook, had its opening night on Saturday, which was sponsored by the Telegraph.

Jeanette Walsh, from Northamptonshire County Council’s adoption team, said the feedback she had received from foster carers was very positive.

She added: “The comments we have had back show that everyone had a great time.

“We’d like to thank the Telegraph for the tickets.”

Jeanette also sent the Telegraph some of the comments she had received from foster carers, who cannot be identified because some of them look after vulnerable children.

One of the comments said: “Our foster children had a brilliant time, measured by how quickly they fell asleep in the car on the way home.

“The show and cast were brilliant – they really involved and interacted with the audience. The whole performance was carried out with great humour on all levels and with real panto enthusiasm. We were particularly impressed with the role of Smee.”

Another said: “We had an absolute blast! On the way home I had a very contented, lost-voice from shouting, child.”

Telegraph editor Neil Pickford said it was a pleasure to hear that so many children had enjoyed their evening at the Lighthouse Theatre.

He added: “It is heartwarming to read the feedback from the foster carers and to hear what a great night they had at the pantomime.

“Hopefully this is the start of a great Christmas for them.”