We are delighted to announce that we have received a grant of £2,500 from the St James’s Place Charitable Foundation, enabling us to issue free tickets for young disadvantaged people to a range of classical music and theatre events.

The St. James’s Place Charitable Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the St. James’s Place Wealth Management Group and has been supporting those in need since 1992, making a positive and lasting difference to people’s lives. Cranleigh Arts will now be able to expand its engagement with local young people with physical or mental health difficulties, young carers and young people who are socially or economically disadvantaged.

Bob Wild, Chairman of Cranleigh Arts, explained that the funds will be focused on young people under 25, young carers and children in circumstances which may deprive them of the opportunity to experience and enjoy live performance. “We are delighted to receive this cheque from Alan Young on behalf of the Foundation,” he said. “It will allow up to 150 children and carers to benefit and is in keeping with the Arts Centre’s ethos … to enrich, entertain and inspire our community.”

Alan Young, Ambassador for the St. James’s Place Charitable Foundation, said “Cranleigh Arts is one of the South East’s most dynamic and enterprising arts organisations. We are delighted to support their initiative to make the arts more accessible to young people and their carers, who might not otherwise have the chance to see live performances. I would encourage everyone in Cranleigh and the surrounding villages to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.”

Details of the scheme will be sent to local schools, churches and community organisations to identify eligible recipients.