Theatre worker to raise money for disabled children

By Chloe Hewitt

An artistic director from a theatre group is to take on a number of challenges next year to raise money for young people with disabilities.

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Christopher Davies has set himself three mammoth fundraising challenges

Bamboozle Theatre Company was founded in 1994 by Christopher Davies and Sue Pyecroft and since then has provided a magical, memorable, multi-sensory experience for children and young people with moderate to profound learning difficulties as well as those with emotional and behavioural difficulties.

Christopher is to take on the Three Peaks Challenge, cycle the Pyrenees, and run a marathon – none of which he has done before.

He aims to raise £70,000 for Bamboozle by doing the challenges, to support the work he is doing at the theatre company.

Katriona Brading, an administration assistant for Bamboozle, said: “We are all very proud of Chris for what he is doing. It is truly remarkable.

“The kids here are so incredible and it is clear how much the work that goes on at Bamboozle really does help them. It would be a shame for that to be lost for future generations.

“I have not worked for Bamboozle before but I was welcomed with open arms which made it feel we are all part of a family. As a drama student as well, the opportunities that working here have given me are endless.”

Mr Davies aims to complete the challenge just before his 70th birthday, which is why the target is £70,000 and it has been called the 70Seventy Challenge.

He is looking for people who are willing to sign up and join him in doing the challenge next summer.

The challenge officially gets underway from May 5-7 with the Three Peaks Challenge, followed by the cycle through the Pyrenees (Pau to Lourdes) from May 24-29, finishing up with the marathon around Leicester Racecourse on June 23.

“I really want to take part,” added Katriona. “Unfortunately I have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome which means I would not be able to keep up with everyone else, or if I did it is possible it would send me into relapse which I do not want to risk.”

Christopher is in Shanghai touring with the Bamboozle Company so was not available for comment.

More fundraising events are to be announced in the New Year.

To find out more about the challenge, to register to take part or sponsor one of the challenges visit: http://www.bamboozletheatre.co.uk/70seventy/.

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