PARENTS and teachers are fighting to “safeguard a theatre for future generations of students.”

Lorraine Bucknall, a mum with two boys at Wanstead High School, is part of the PTA’s bid to get as much funding as possible to improve the school’s theatre.

The PTA is one of three charities chosen by the Co-op to be part of its local community fund.

Fundraisers have not set a target amount, seeking only to generate as much as they can to improve lighting, the sound system and reupholster seats.

The theatre is used on a daily basis by students doing drama lessons as part of the curriculum and orchestral groups.

Ms Bucknall, who lives in Wanstead, expressed delight at the prospect of improving a well-used facility.

The mother said: “It would be lovely. So many children would benefit from the upgrade. Because it’s so used it gets a bit tired. It would mean a lot – it’s part of the community.

“The theatre brings a lot of people from the community and parents from outside the area together for these events. We are safeguarding the theatre for future generations of students. It looks tired and is in need of a boost.

“Fundraising is a team effort between parents and teachers. There is a great atmosphere at the school.”

The PTA has lined up a comedy night and fashion show to raise money for the cause. 

Ms Bucknall, who has been a member of the PTA for three years, added: “We are hoping people can support us. It’s a matter now of getting as many people as possible to choose us as their charity.”

A previous PTA application to boost the school’s library saw them raise £3,525.

People can donate to the cause until October.

Click here to find out more about the three different charities vying for funding.