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Eden Court in Inverness is nominated for Achates Philanthropy Prize for its work in response to coronavirus crisis


By Gregor White

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Eden Court Theatre.
Eden Court Theatre.

Eden Court Theatre has been nominated for a national award in recognition of its work to support the coronavirus emergency response in the Highlands.

The Inverness theatre has been nominated for the Achates Philanthropy Prize, a UK-wide prize celebrating cultural giving.

During the pandemic Eden Court's engagement team worked in key worker childcare hubs while its box office telephony system became an emergency helpline for people in need to access support.

The venue's Empire Theatre also became a humanitarian aid centre, acting as base for the distribution of hundreds of food parcels across the region every week.

Eden Court chief executive James Mackenzie-Blackman said they were "deeply honoured" to have been nominated for the award.

Eden Court chief executive James Mackenzie-Blackman.
Eden Court chief executive James Mackenzie-Blackman.

"Unbelievably proud of our team," he tweeted.

Eden Court board member Heidi Hall also took to Twitter in response to the nomination.

Speaking of the theatre's response to the public heath emergency she said: "It continues to put the needs of its community first, despite the difficulties Covid continues to throw at them."

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