GENEROUS ticket holders have donated hundreds of pounds to Lighthouse, Poole since it closed its doors on March 17 following the latest advice on COVID-19.

As efforts continue to reschedule dates, ticket holders to shows such as BalletBoyz and English Touring Opera’s productions of Cosi Fan Tutte and Giulio Cesare have decided to donate the price of their tickets to the venue rather than claim a refund or credit note.

Chief Executive, Elspeth McBain said: "Most of our income comes from ticket sales and the money our audiences spend when they come to Lighthouse.

"Without shows there are no audiences so as work continues to reschedule lost performances, we are truly grateful for their generosity."

Lighthouse, Poole figures suggest that about 20 per cent are opting to donate some or all of the price of their ticket to Lighthouse.

But of those contacted by phone, more than £500 has been donated in less than two days.

Ticket Sales Manager, Steve Lambert added: "People have been incredibly understanding and it’s fair to say some of the team have found it quite emotional."

"These are difficult days for all of us, but the good wishes and true kindness of our customers are making a tough time much easier to work through."

Ticket holders do not need to contact Lighthouse, all will be contacted in due course by the venue.

Staff are responding to queries during office hours, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, but Lighthouse phone lines will remain closed until further notice.