A pay what you can supporters scheme

Middle Child Mates is our supporters scheme for fans to back our work to create a world where anybody’s story can be told and heard.

As a registered charity, we rely on the generosity of our supporters, and whether you’re donating £2 or £20 a month, you’ll be an official part of our squad.

We know that at the best of times, spare money can be hard to come by, let alone amidst rising inflation, which is why we won’t rank your support based on how much money you have.

Instead, we value every contribution, meaning each of our supporters will receive the same perks, regardless of how much you pledge.

This also a chance for us to get to know you better, and for you to inform our work, and we are grateful to all our mates for your continued support.


  • Exclusive bi-monthly supporter newsletter from the Middle Child team, featuring company updates, what we’re loving and our personal recommendations;
  • A shout-out on our website and social media;
  • A free item of merchandise when you sign-up.

How you can help

From jazzing up a panto set to helping working class performers into theatre, your monthly donations can enable us to sprinkle our magic further than ever before. Here are just a few ideas of where your money might go:

£2 per month (£24 a year)
  • Buy four ear defenders for our young panto fans
  • Add 12 giant glitter shakers to our panto set to make it sparkle!
£5 per month (£60 a year)
  • Cover the cost of distributing a show soundtrack on Spotify
  • Pay for a theatre maker to write a blog post about their work
£10 per month (£120 a year)
  • Pay for all our script printing for our cast and crew!
  • Cover our van hire and fuel for a tour performance 
£15 per month (£180 a year)
  • Buy all of our panto props – magic lamp anyone?
  • Purchase four Britney-style microphones for our performers
£25 per month (£300 a year)
  • Hire a studio for a cast photoshoot or music video recording
  • Provide two annual Spotlight subscriptions for working class performers in Hull
Cut outs of performers from past Middle Child shows on a 90s style blue and pink background. Text: Join the Squad (supporters scheme)

Our supporters

Since launching the scheme in late October 2020 we have already been supported by dozens of lovely mates, including those named below, as well as many more who wish to remain anonymous: 

Lynn Smith
Terry Herfield
Pete Rapp
Maureen Lennon
Chris Pearson
Eddie Smith
Kathleen Lennon
Magda Moses
Chris Hawes
Gareth Davies

Nicola Beech
Martin Walker
Hannah Scorer
David Jordan
Mary Cryan
Tom Wells
Claire Marshall
Shaunagh Brook-McLean
Jess Morley
Sarah Penney

Sian Booth
Steve and Elaine Morley
Chris Hawes
Rachel Walton
Anna Route
Andrew Wells
Rozzy Knox
Martin Green
Amanda Smethurst
Pam Scott

Claire Worrell
Jenni Harrison
Hattie Callery
Julian Bernard
Cat Fergusson
Adam Pownall
Danielle McLoughlin
John Hinson
Andy Lockwood

Join the squad today

Become a Middle Child Mate in two easy steps:

  1. Set up your monthly donation via Paypal, where you can also cancel your subscription or change the amount at any time.
  2. Confirm your email and postal addresses when you are sent back to our website from Paypal. You can also let us know if you’d like your name adding to our website on the same page.

We will then have your merch in your hands within a couple of weeks.

See our terms and conditions page for more information about the scheme. If you have any other questions about Middle Child Mates, just contact us by email.

Middle Child is registered with the Fundraising Regulator