Sponsored bike ride today

Friday 6th September 2013

In support of our Playhouse 50:50 appeal

Cressida Laywood will today be undertaking a sponsored exercise bike ride, in support of our 50:50 appeal. The aim of the Playhouse 50:50 appeal is to raise money in order to give away 50 free tickets across 50 performances throughout 2013 – that’s 2,500 tickets in total! These tickets are being donated to individuals, charities and community groups who haven’t been able to experience the joy of live theatre before.

The challenge

21 years ago today Cressida had a brain haemorrhage which resulted in the communication disability, aphasia. She is challenging herself, this afternoon, to ride 100kms on her disabled exercise bike. So far she has raised £770 for the Playhouse – enough to fund over 96 free tickets for charities and community groups through 50:50 and is hoping to have raised a total of £1000 by the end of the day.

On her Just Giving page, Cressida explains why she has chosen to support the Playhouse 50:50 appeal:

“I love coming to the Playhouse – I visit CAST most days and regularly see performances in the theatre. It is a very special place. For the last ten years I have felt like part of the community there, which really is so important to me as someone with a communication disability.”

To date we have donated tickets to a number of causes, including groups which provide accommodation and support for homeless and vulnerable people and charities providing refuge and support for women and children affected by domestic violence. Cressida adds:

”I also know that Nottingham Playhouse has a long tradition of supporting other hard to reach groups like people with disabilities – Playhouse 50:50 is just part of the great work that they do.”

Sponsor Cressida

Cressida will begin the challenge at 3pm today and is expected to finish some time around 7pm. If you are around this evening she will be happy for you to cheer her on for the last few kilometres, so do feel free to come and give your support!

For more information and to sponsor Cressida, visit her Just Giving page here: www.justgiving.com/cressidalaywood