We're sure that over the years, visitors to Progress Theatre have at some point or other cursed our car park for testing their suspension, splashing their car and muddying their shoes. We decided to do something about it, so we started a new fundraising initiative last year to raise the £20,000 we need to drain and resurface the car park.

In just under a year so far, with the dedicated support of its members, local businesses and generous citizens of Reading, the theatre has raised over ten thousand pounds - we are halfway there!

Heartfelt thanks to all those who have contributed, whether by fundraising, baking cakes, donating raffle prizes, badgering friends and family or making donations yourselves, we couldn't have done it without you.

If you would like to contribute to this initiative, please visit our Just Giving page.

You can also donate using our JustTextGiving option by texting
PROG51 £2/£3/£5 to 70070.



We will be holding a silent art auction in December this year and the artworks for sale will be visible in our foyer from November onwards. Anyone can bid on them and bidding can happen on line as well as in person for members who attend our Christmas event on the 22nd of December (online bidding can continue until then).

Local artists can choose to donate a work of art for us to sell as part of this auction - such a donation would be hugely appreciated! Due to space restrictions, we can only accept artwork that can be hung from the wall.

If you have something you would like to donate, please message us at All proceeds will go to our car park fund. Thank you!



Well there you have it: they're all down! Our skydivers have raised an amazing £3,652 on behalf of the theatre. It's not too late to donate to them for their daring endeavour - just go to their group page here.

Here they are on their first scheduled jump date on 11th of June - sadly, due to poor weather t'was not to be. They jumped on three different dates in the end.

Four of our skydivers (Mel, Ant, Andy and Sam) made the jump on Sunday 6th of August. Here are Sam and Andy below after their proud achievement.

Three more of our skydivers (Steph, Terry and Paul) managed to make their jump on Sunday 13th of August. Here they are below after the jump.

Our final and youngest jumper, Iona, made the jump on the 27th of August. Here she is afterwards, a little fluffy from the helmet but proud as pie!

Watch out for fundraising events on our News pages or our Facebook page.