The Priory Players will be raising money for The Freddie Farmer Foundation during their production of Babes in the Wood in Eltham, SE London from Wednesday, January 25.

The company will be raising money for the foundation among members of the Eltham community that flock to their annual panto production at the Progress Hall on Admiral Seymour Road, Eltham (Jan 25-28).

Val Youngman – who plays the Sheriff of Nottingham and does the publicity for the amateur dramatic company, said: “We have all read about Freddie's charity campaign to raise £250,000 to set up a specialist physiotherapy centre in SE London and, as the charity’s at the heart of the Eltham community, we thought we’d try and help. We’ll have collection buckets at every performance and also run a raffle. The campaign for a specialist physio centre for children like Freddie seems such a good cause.”

The company has been going for 47 years - after starting in a scout hall – and one of the original members, Terry Cooling, will be Friar Tuck.

Some Priory Players have gone to become professional actors, including Peter Howitt, who starred in ‘Bread’ on TV and wrote and directed ‘Sliding Doors’. Michael Rose is now a top West End producer.

Babes in the Wood will be performed at the Progress Hall, Admiral Seymour Road, Eltham, on Wednesday, January 25 (6.30pm); January 26 (7.45pm), January 27 (7.45pm), January 28 (2pm and 7.45pm). Tickets cost £7 (£6 cons) and are available at the box office on: 07502 450 983.

TO FIND OUT MORE about The Freddie Farmer Foundation, visit Donate online at Follow on twitter @readyfreddiego Find on Facebook