Today, Laura and Robert Bromberg went to to Gloucester Hospital Children’s Centre. At the gathering were Henry’s grandparents; Michael Loader the storyteller (who was such a great pal of Henry); staff from Readathon and some hospital staff who knew him well.
A brand new Readathon bookcase was being donated to the hospital in Henry’s name and was presented by another great friend of Henry, Tweedy the clown (who is currently hosting ‘Jack-In-The-Beanstalk’ at the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham). It was a very positive, upbeat occasion in keeping with Henry’s character and a lovely cake was made by Clair Drew for all who were there including staff and children staying at the hospital.
Michael the storyteller and Tweedy then went round the ward entertaining the children , with their differing and wonderful varieties of hilarity.
BBC Points West were there to cover the story and remember Henry and his relationship with the Everyman Theatre.
Firstly, as a young child with their theatre group and then on stage each year bantering with Tweedy the Clown annually at the pantomime.
He was sorely missed this year and so a ‘fancy-dress’ performance was held in his honour with all proceeds from the collection going to Readathon in his name.
The pantomime season is in full swing! Henry was a familiar figure at the Everyman Theatre.
When he was young, as a member of their Saturday morning drama group but in later years, putting memorable performances in as one of the children called up on stage to engage with the pantomime dame and Tweedy the clown (usually on New Year’s Eve).
Henry was much loved at the theatre for his wit and humour, and as a result the collections taken this year will be for Readathon. The matinee on December 3rd is in fancy dress with the audience encouraged to dress-up as book characters.
Over forty schools have signed up to do a Readathon so far as a result of this publicity!
Part of the programme is being dedicated to Henry for those of you who would like to see it. If you can’t pick it up on Points West it will be available on BBC iPlayer.
We are setting up this website, henrybromberg.com , as a way to celebrate the life of Henry and for people to share their stories, photos and videos with us in one central place.
We can also inform people about Henrys Charities and hopefully raise awareness about Organ Donation too.
Thank you for visiting.