In the heart of Milford Haven, a beacon of community spirit has illuminated the town, bringing hope, joy, and support to those in need.

The St Katharine’s Stratford Players’ Easter Pantomime, Aladdin, dedicated to the memory of lifetime member Viv Barrat, stands as a testament to the power of collective action and the unwavering generosity of community spirit.

The resounding success of the pantomime, raising an impressive £1,000 including Gift Aid for the Paul Sartori Foundation, is not merely a financial achievement but a symbol of solidarity and compassion. It underscores the deep-rooted commitment of this community to support vital services such as Paul Sartori’s Hospice at Home service, which provides comfort and care to those facing challenging times at the end of life and their family and carers.

At the heart of this success lies the tireless dedication and boundless enthusiasm of the volunteers, organisers, and supporters of St Katharine’s Stratford Players. Their selfless efforts have surpassed expectations, touching the lives of countless individuals in our area, offering support where it is needed most.

A spokesperson for the players said of Viv Barrat:

“Viv was the heartbeat of the St Katharine’s Stratford Players, an inspiration, mentor, and friend to many. With over 40 years with the drama group, Viv lead the group from strength to strength. A dedicated and committed member of the group inspiring a generation of local talent, advocating for the youth and creating a safe and inclusive community for us all. As a drama group, we are truly heartbroken, Viv was our Matriarch, our friend, our Viv!”

The Paul Sartori Hospice at Home Service has extended its heartfelt thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of the St. Katharine's Stratford Players' Easter Pantomime.

Speaking on behalf of the 42-year-old Pembrokeshire-based Hospice at Home charity, manager Sandra Dade said: “Your generosity, kindness, and dedication have made a difference in the lives of others, inspiring hope and resilience in our community. Together, we have shown that even in the face of adversity, the human spirit shines brightest when we stand together in support of one another.”