POORLY youngsters children from Bolton will again be taken on a special trip thanks to money raised from a pantomime.

Share a Dream, set up by Stagedoor Productions, takes youngsters who deserve a treat on an all-expenses paid trip to Gulliver's World in Warrington.

Earlier this year five-year-old Gabriella Collings was treated to a luxury stay at the theme park, which included accommodation and a limousine ride.

The cause, set up by Chris Anderton and his wife Teresa Harper, who also runs Bolton Dance College, raises the money through the sales of tickets for the productions.

Chris Anderton, chairman of Stagedoor Productions, said: "In the past we have given money to various charities but although I am sure it is going to the right places we never feel like we see our money making a difference. So we set up Share a Dream so that we could help local children and see the money make youngsters happy.

"The children we choose are really deserving of the trip – many of them are very poorly. We send them away to Gulliver's World in a limo on an all expenses paid trip.

"We did the same last Christmas and a couple of times this year. It's so worthwhile when you see the children's faces light up."

This year's pantomime is a traditional version of Sleeping Beauty which will be performed at St Philip's Parochial Hall in Bridgeman Street, featuring Anthony Hughes as Prince Paul and Kirsty Hughes as the leading lady.

Other characters include Teresa Harper as Carabosse, Sophia Price as Fairy Blossom, Robert Peace as King Spam, Philip Morris as Nanny Warburton and Mark Daniel as Rancid

Mr Anderton, added: "The show begins on Tuesday and it runs for a week. We're a pretty new amateur dramatics group in Bolton — we did Aladdin last year which went really well, so we're really looking forward to it."

For more information or to book tickets call visit stagedoor.uk.com.