Wednesday 16th November 2016

On Friday 16th December, our loyal supporter Cressida Laywood will once again hop on to her bicycle to do a fundraising challenge for our SHINE appeal.

SHINE launched in 2015 to create free community youth theatres across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, following the success of Bulwell Youth Theatre. Currently, we have eight youth theatres running in areas such Bulwell, Mansfield and St Ann’s. Over 120 children now have the opportunity to work together to create theatre, grow in confidence, learn life-enhancing skills and discover their unique voices to tell their own stories.

Cressida would like to fundraise for SHINE so these youth theatres can thrive for years to come. She says:

‘I have been coming to Nottingham Playhouse for many years and for me it’s a special place that’s close to my heart. Not many people know, but Nottingham Playhouse is a charity and does a great amount of work with and in communities, especially with children and young people.

SHINE is a very important project as it makes sure that children from all across the city and county can take part in theatre and live a creative life, many of who wouldn’t be able to take part if it wasn’t for SHINE.

Twenty four years ago, I had a brain haemorrhage which resulted in a speech and language disability (aphasia), a blind spot, and paralysis down my right side. I did at first struggle and I was becoming less mobile. But, five years ago a friend gave me an exercise bike. Between 2012 and 2015, on the anniversary of my haemorrhage, rather than feeling sad, I’ve done an exercise bike ride to raise money for charity. This Christmas I’d like to do this challenge to support and celebrate Nottingham Playhouse’s work with children.’

Cressida will be cycling between 4pm and 7pm on Friday 16th December. Please do come along to show your support on the day.

You can also donate here to sponsor Cressida to spur her on to complete the challenge. If you donate by Monday 28th November, Local Giving will match your donation by up to £10!

Thank you.

To find out more about our SHINE appeal, please contact Sanpreet Janjua on or 0115 873 6235.