Double your support for Full Hearts Full Tummies

Following an amazing response which saw record donations last year Full Heart Full Tummies is back again this year! We're aiming to raise £12,000 to make Christmas a magical one for parents and children who may not otherwise be able to afford a family day out over the festive season.

Donations to the project are being doubled this week from midday Tues 27 Nov - Tues 4 Dec, meaning anything you can give during this time will go twice as far.

Full Hearts, Full Tummies offers families tickets to a family show and a reception with a hot lunch, games and activities for just £1. This year, the show will be an adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s classic
picturebook The Gruffalo, which was a smash hit in the West End before touring. Last year, over 385 families in challenging circumstances benefited from the scheme, at a time when 2 in 5 children in Newham are living in poverty the scheme offers families an afternoon of fun and community at a time of year that can be challenging for many.

Each year we collaborate with children’s centres, food banks and local charities to ensure
we reach those most in need. For many children it will be their first experience of live performance, inspiring imaginations and making some magical Christmas memories.

Our Director Tania Wilmer says of the project “Despite huge investment in the area in the lead up to and following the Olympics, over a third of children are still growing up in poverty. The arts are vital to nourishing young imaginations but if children are hungry they won’t be able to fully enjoy the experience. We want to give families an opportunity to come together, try to park their worries for an afternoon, and make special memories with their children.”

This year, we're hoping to raise enough funds to reach 600 children and families. Anything you can give will go twice as far to helping us give children their first taste of theatre, fuel imaginations and fill tummies.

Local businesses wishing to offer donations, support in kind, or organise a fundraising event are asked to contact

It allows families that do not have anyone to spend Christmas with or cannot afford to do something special with their children to feel part of the community

- Community Centre Representative