Kent Police Panto raises £7,000 for Thanet charities

The Kent Police panto raises charity cash each year

The Kent Police Pantomime Group has raised £7,000 for charity from its latest performances.

The group was formed in 1998 after Thanet policeman Ken Pickett decided to find a different way to help  with his charity fundraising. He wrote a script, asked colleague Alan Davison to direct the production and a “one off show” was put on at the Theatre Royal in Margate in January of 1999,

It was performed by serving police officers from Thanet, who, all in all their own time, worked tirelessly to produce a fantastic show. Due to the success of the first show, and the large amount of charity money raised, it was decided to put on a pantomime for the community each year.

Each year serving police officers, retired colleagues, friends and family come together and stage a panto at the Theatre Royal for different charities.

Producer Martin Douglas said of this year’s fundraiser: “This huge amount of money was raised during our 2019 pantomime of Dick Whittington and his cat, in February. Cheques were presented to Pilgrims Hospice, SpeakUpCIC, Inspiration Creative CIC and Parkinson’s UK Thanet branch.

“Each charity received a cheque for £1,750. To all those who attended and supported the panto this year, thank you so much for your support and kind contributions. We are very excited to announce next year’s pantomime  will be The Wizard from Auss in  Feb 2020.

“This is our 22nd pantomime and 20 years at the Theatre Royal. Tickets will be on sale later this year.”


  1. Great effort from all those involved, a lot of hard work, that generates a lot of much needed funds fir Charities …
    Very well done , again !

  2. Inspiration Creative CIC were bowled over by this donation. It made a great difference to the show they were putting on the next day, the cheque arrived in the middle of their last rehearsal!

  3. It’s a shame they don’t show equal compassion to demonstrators instead pushing over pensioners and hitting women.

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