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We Did It! Raising £10k For The National Brain Appeal

I know how much it will benefit patients ...

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Posted by David Pibworth on 27/10/2021 @ 8:00AM

Thank you to everyone who bought tickets to see Milton Keynes Theatre of Comedy's stage adaptation of 'Ripping Yarns' at The Arches Theatre this summer. Through ticket sales and kind donations, we were able to reach our fundraising target of £5,000 for dementia charity, The National Brain Appeal ...

I am so proud that with your help we were able to give this life-changing amount of money to The National Brain Appeal!

I am so proud that with your help we were able to give this life-changing amount of money to The National Brain Appeal!

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Reaching this amazing total meant that we automatically entered the charity's match funding scheme, which saw our amount doubled to £10,000 by an incredibly generous anonymous donor.

"We would not have been able to raise this
phenomenal amount without your help!"

The Arches Theatre and MKTOC were given kind permission by Michael Palin and Alison, the wife of the late Terry Jones both of Monty Python fame, to stage three tales from the comedy series.

Together we chose to raise valuable funds for The National Brain Appeal, because the brilliant Terry Jones sadly died last year from frontotemporal dementia, and David Pibworth (owner of The Arches) also lost his father to dementia. So, this is a charity close to all our hearts.

My wife Julie and I were lucky enough to attend an event at The National Brain Appeal in London on Monday (25th October) to present our fundraising cheque to Julia Lipton from the charity, Michael Palin and Alison Jones. It was a remarkable day!

I am so proud that with your help we were able to give this life-changing amount of money to this amazing charity. I know how much it will benefit patients and their quality of life.

We are forever grateful for your generosity.

Until next time ...



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About David Pibworth ...


David is the owner of David Pibworth Productions who provides entertainment for theatre and corporate events. This ties in very well with The Arches Theatre, an outside venue that David owns underneath a disused railway line, equidistant from Bedford, Northampton and Milton Keynes. This was one of the few venues that could operate with social distancing in place during the summer of 2020 and where they ran everything from Shakespeare to Richard Digance through the summer months.

David has been involved in light entertainment for many years, even going back as far as working on a production with Norman Wisdom in London. He has a knack of keeping in touch with everyone he's worked with and would bring such people as Chas and Dave, Kenny Ball and Acker Bilk round to play locally when the chance arose.

His company also represent the stage rights for Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, the writers of Steptoe and Son and Hancock's Half Hour. He has recently negotiated permission with Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais to produce Porridge on stage although this is all hampered by the current situation and the availability of theatres.

Next year, at the Arches Theatre, he will produce Ripping Yarns, written by Michael Palin and Terry Jones. This will be an interesting production as not only does one episode involve playing a football match, but also with the agreement of Michael Palin and the wife of the late Terry Jones, it has been decided that all the profits on this production will go to a dementia charity as Terry Jones died as a result of dementia, as did David's father and uncle.