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Pointe Shoes Appeal

Could you help us dance in the shoes we need this Christmas with a gift to our Point Shoe appeal?

Read this year's Pointe Shoe Appeal letter from Principal of the Royal Ballet, Lauren Cuthbertson:

In some of this Season’s performances of The Nutcracker, I’ll be dancing the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy. It’s a beautiful and demanding role and it is vital that my shoes allow me to give my best performance.

And that’s why I’m emailing you today, to ask if you can help us with a gift to our Pointe Shoes Appeal. It is thanks to our supporters’ generosity that we in The Royal Ballet can dance in handmade pointe shoes throughout each Season.

Each pair of pointe shoes costs The Royal Ballet £39 and during a year we get through over six thousand pairs.

There are 47 roles in The Nutcracker that require us to dance on pointe, so just one performance can cost a total of £1,833 in pointe shoes.

Your gift of £39 could provide the shoes that I will wear to dance the Sugar Plum Fairy. Or with a gift of £78, you could provide Clara with the shoes she needs as well.

Please do consider giving our festive season an extra sparklethis Christmas. Your kind support means a great deal to each and every one of us.

It’s our donors’ support that helps bring our ballet to life. So please, if you can, help bring a sparkle to our festive season this year with a gift of £39 or whatever you feel you can give.

Thank you so much for your support. We couldn’t be more grateful.

How could you help?

  • £39 could provide a pair of pointe shoes for the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker this Christmas
  • £78 could provide two pairs of pointe shoes for Clara or for two Snowflakes
  • £195 could provide a week’s supply of pointe shoes for a Royal Ballet Artist
  • £540 could provide a pair of flat ballet shoes for every male Royal Ballet dancer
  • £1,833 could provide all the pointe shoes for a Nutcracker performance

e.g. £5, £39, £195 or other

If you are a UK taxpayer you can help us even more at no extra cost. You can give us an extra 25 pence for every pound of your donation, merely by ticking this Gift Aid declaration.

Please treat as Gift Aid donations all qualifying gifts of money made today, in the past four years and in the future. I confirm I have paid or will pay an amount of Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax for each tax year (6 April to 5 April) that is at least equal to the amount of tax that all the charities or Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs) that I donate to will reclaim on my gifts for that tax year. I understand that other taxes such as VAT and Council Tax do not qualify. I understand the charity will reclaim 25p of tax on every £1 I give. I will notify the Royal Opera House Covent Garden Foundation if I want to cancel this declaration, change my name or home address or no longer pay sufficient tax on my income and/or capital gains.

You can also make a gift over the phone by calling Isobel Evans on +44 (0)20 3772 6412.

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