My name is Millie Gaston and I have lived in Harrogate my entire life except for three years professional acting training at the Manchester School of Theatre. I discovered the name Betty Stevenson earlier this year and was shocked to have never heard her of her before, especially after growing up in Harrogate. Betty Stevenson was one of the only female drivers in WW1 and with the help of the Harrogate YMCA and local people she helped raise large amounts of money for the war efforts. Betty Was killed at the age of 21, helping French refugees escape France and was awarded the Croix De Guerre Avec Palme which is the French equivalent to the Victoria Cross. Her life is fascinating and she was an inspiring woman that deserves her story telling. Betty was exactly a hundred years and one month older than myself and I feel immensely connected to her story and would love to bring it back to the local community.
I have dramatized her life in to a play and with the help of three amazingly talented actors we hope to share her story with the local communities, from schools to care homes and with enough money the local theatres! She was known by her 'Tommies' as 'The Happy Warrior' and can be found on the Harrogate Cenotaph and this shall be the title of the play.
I shall be playing the role of Betty and the other three actors will be multi rolling to help share her life. Our company of actors are all from Yorkshire, two (including myself) are from Knaresborough and the other two are York and Sheffield.
The money raised will help to match fund my Arts Council application and get this special story brought to life.
Thanks so much for reading my application! Any donation is extremely appreciated and also a share would be wonderful.