Making Memories Christmas Appeal

What was your most memorable Christmas?

Christmas is a time for making memories with loved ones. This year Northern Ballet needs your help to give children with life-limiting conditions and their families an unforgettable Christmas experience.

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Northern Ballet and Martin House Children’s and Young People’s Hospice have been working together since 2013. Over four months each year, we give six families from the Hospice the chance to come together away from the demands of their daily lives and experience the joy of dance. Through a series of workshops, photography and visits to the theatre, every moment of the project is a chance to make special memories together.

On Sunday 16th December, the project will conclude with the families coming together to join Northern Ballet for a fun-filled festive day at Leeds Grand Theatre. After Christmas lunch with all the trimmings, the children and their mums, dads, brothers, sisters and grandparents will enjoy a special, relaxed performance of The Nutcracker and meet the dancers afterwards.

“The Memory of watching the show with our son is very special – I can’t think of anything as special that we have done. The memory making is so important because at times when he is ill, the memories are still there”
Raj, whose son uses Martin House

A family trip to the theatre at Christmas is something that many of us may take for granted, but for some families the logistics involved can mean it is simply too much to even consider. At Northern Ballet, we believe that ballet and the arts should be accessible to everyone, everywhere.  With your help we can make this possible this Christmas.

We would like to ask for your help to raise £6,000 towards this unique project which will ensure six children with life limiting conditions and their families can create special and lasting memories together as they enjoy The Nutcracker.

Please give generously. Your donation, no matter the size, will help a family make unforgettable Christmas memories.

What can you do?

  1. Make a donation and help us reach our target.
    Donate online
    Text NBMM18 £5 to 70070 to donate £5*
    Contact Rebecca Crowther to discuss other payment options ( | 0113 220 8000)
  2. Experience Northern Ballet’s Christmas memories. We asked our dancers and staff from across the Company to tell us about their most memorable Christmas, which we'll be sharing on social media using the hashtag #nbxmasmemories
  3. Spread the word!  Share your Christmas memories too using the hashtag

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We are truly grateful for each and every donation, no matter the size. To say thank you, all gifts will be acknowledged on our website.

Please note that should we reach our target; any additional donations will be directed towards our future work with Martin House. 

*Additional network charges may apply.