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J&C Joel celebrate 40 years by supporting Theatres Trust

Leading manufacturer of flame retardant fabrics, drapery and stage engineering solutions, J&C Joel, is delighted to announce the Theatres Trust, the national advisory public body for theatres, as its chosen charity for the company’s 40th anniversary year.

J&C Joel was established as a limited company in Sowerby Bridge, Halifax in 1978 by John Wheelwright whose family had been involved in the textile trade for more than 150 years. Originally selling fabric to tailors and the fashion industry, John quickly identified an opportunity to expand into events and entertainment.

The business, which has now been passed down to John’s son James, exports to more than 80 countries worldwide, providing products such as front of house theatre curtains, stage backdrops, cycloramas, gauzes, acoustic solutions, projection screens and an array of stage engineering solutions.

As part of J&C Joel’s support for the Theatres Trust across the year they will be encouraging all customers to donate £1 every time they place an order throughout the next 12 months, each £1 donated will be matched by J&C Joel.

James Wheelwright CEO at J&C Joel said: “We are extremely pleased to support the Theatres Trust during our 40th anniversary year. We always endeavour to support good causes in any way we can but because it’s our anniversary we wanted to do something extra special and support a charity which is close to the heart of our business. We’re extremely proud of our theatre heritage, which has long been the cornerstone of our business and we know what fantastic work the Trust does to secure the future of theatres in the UK, so they were an obvious choice. We would encourage all our customers to donate to the Theatres Trust through us and help us support this extremely worthy cause.”

Alexandra Burke, recently appointed Ambassador of the Theatres Trust, Singer and Actress said: “I am so pleased that J&C Joel and the Theatres Trust have come together in this way. I’m positive that funds raised across J&C Joel’s 40th anniversary year will help bring joy to more theatre audiences and communities across the UK, thanks to the important work of the Theatres Trust.”

Jon Morgan Director at the Theatres Trust said: “Every pound raised on our behalf will improve our ability to advise and campaign on behalf of theatres in need across the UK. We are delighted to have the support of J&C Joel, and their customers. It means we will be able to do even more to ensure theatre buildings have the best chance of a bright future. Thank you J&C Joel, and happy birthday!”

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