Syngenta and LBT Partnership Delivers Panto Treat


Four hundred school children were treated to a free pantomime trip from a partnership between the Lawrence Batley Theatre’s Christmas Angels appeal and Syngenta in Huddersfield.

LBT Panto Ashbrow School
Children from Ashbrow School with the cast of Jack and the Beanstalk at Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

The children, who were from North Huddersfield Trust School, Ashbrow School and Netherhall Learning Campus were offered free tickets to Jack & The Beanstalk by Syngenta, who made a generous donation to the theatre’s Christmas Angels appeal through its Employees Community Gift Scheme, a fund where staff make donations from their salary. The fund even paid transport costs to get children to the theatre.

Carl Sykes, Community Relations Manager for Syngenta, said: “We were looking for a way to give children an experience of the arts and with the LBT, we were able to work together to offer a fun and enjoyable theatre experience. This season’s pantomime is Jack & The Beanstalk where Jack grows a plant from a bean, so how fitting is it that Syngenta is a plant science company and through our Good Growth Plan, we are working towards creating a sustainable future in agriculture.”

Victoria Firth, Director of the LBT, said: “It was wonderful to see local students enjoying Jack & The Beanstalk today thanks to Syngenta and our Christmas Angels appeal. The appeal allows families and children to experience the magic of theatre at Christmas who would otherwise be unable to do so.”

The Christmas Angels appeal invites people to donate to a fund which then enables children and their carers to experience a unique theatre visit. They receive tickets to the pantomime, interval ice-creams and a special meet and greet. The appeal is now in its second year and will be returning for ALADDIN at the Lawrence Batley Theatre in 2018.

Creating a fund means even small donations make a difference and now more than ever is an optimum time to donate to the LBT being match-funded by the Arts Council of England - doubling the donations. To make a donation or for more information about the LBT's Christmas Agngels appeal contact the Theatre on 01484 484438 or via the website

Syngenta is proud to support its local communities and is helping humanity face its toughest challenge: how to feed a rising population, sustainably. Our world class science and innovative crop solutions transform how crops are grown to enable millions of growers to make better use of available resources.