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NWTC makes a donation to Great Ormond Street Hospital

Posted by Julie Fraser (julie) on Apr 22 2015
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NWTC members were delighted to be able to send a donation of EUR 1,200 to Great Ormond Street Hospital following the NWTC production of Peter Pan. 

James Barrie, the author of Peter Pan, worked hard to fund raise for children, injured servicemen and war charities by writing plays and sketches and allowing his works to be performed for free.  In 1937, he bequeathed all proceeds from the work of  the play Peter Pan and of the novel Peter and Wendy to support London's Hospital for Sick Children on Great Ormond Street.  Although these rights were given further protection by an extension in 1988, this did not apply to Luxembourg.

Barrie's support of the hospital started in 1929 when the hospital hoped to build a new wing. He was asked to sit on a committee to help buy the land. However, declining this invitation, he said that he "hoped to find another way to help".  Help indeed arrived in the form of all rights to Peter Pan being given to the hospital.  In addition, the same year the now long-standing tradition of taking the cast from a London production of Peter Pan to perform to the children of the hospital was started. 

Further information can be found on the Great Ormond Street website at https://www.gosh.org/gen/about-us/peter-pan/the-history-of-peter-pan-and-gosh/.

 

Last changed: Apr 26 2015 at 2:26 AM

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