A £ 5,000 award from United Co-operatives' Charitable Foundation has ensured that the show will go on for members of a co-operative theatre group in Shipley, Yorkshire.
The Shoestring Theatre Company was set up to produce innovative theatre exploring the impact of mental illness. It works with mental health charities to raise awareness of mental illness and to inform sufferers they are not alone. Its latest work is a realistic portrayal of the effects of psychosis on the main character and her mother.
United has recognised the valuable work the company is doing and the £ 5,000 award will help buy costumes and go towards running costs. One of the Foundation's trustees, Chris Barnett, said: "Raising awareness of mental illness is a worthwhile goal and the Foundation is proud to be able to support Shoestring in its work."
Chris (left of photograph) is pictured with Shoestring members Steve Husion and Marcia Wright.