The co-founder of pioneering Leicester-based charity Bamboozle Theatre Company, which creates magical experiences for profoundly disabled children and has been recognised internationally, will turn 70 in June next year. To celebrate, he has pledged to raise a hefty £70,000 for the charity before his 70th birthday in 2018 and has committed to tackling three awesomely challenging tasks to do so.
The three challenges will be taken on in the six weeks leading up to Christopher Davies’ 70th birthday. The fund raising campaign will last a year and culminate with the three challenges during which Christopher and his supporters will cycle across the Pyrenees from Pau in France to Barcelona, take on the National Three Peaks Challenge climbing Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon in just 24 hours, and complete a marathon around Leicester Racecourse with thanks to General Manager Rob Bracken.
Theatre director, writer and educator Christopher co-founded Bamboozle in 1994 with Sue Pyecroft. The charity tours schools and theatres putting on stimulating performances for children with serious learning and physical disabilities. Bamboozle also run an acclaimed training programme and a programme that focusses on ‘ways to engage students with autism.’ In 2017, as well as many venues in the UK, Bamboozle is training practitioners in Shanghai, Singapore, Melbourne and the Sydney Opera House.
Christopher’s daughter Natasha said: “There is very little out there for profoundly disabled children and their families. It can take carers two hours to get out of the house so our performances have to be worth it.”
Each show and workshop transforms the stage, wherever that may be, as well as the auditorium into a multisensory world of opportunities for children who actually become part of the show themselves. A song at the beginning of the performances welcomes every child and dedicates individual attention from the actors to each of them. One show, The Girl and the Goat had a small audience of six children. Set in India, the show introduced iconographic sights, cultural sounds, and smells of herbs and spices.
“Parents and carers are asked to take a step back and let their child experience the show in their own way, which can be hard for them to let go for that period of time. These performances engage these children where other parts of society really don’t, and they are very important to these kids’ lives,” Natasha explained.
The Bamboozle team hope that with the support of the business community and general public, Christopher will achieve his £70,000 target by next year.
Launching on Christopher’s 69th birthday the 21st June 2017, Bamboozle will set up the three major challenges (and more) welcoming everyone to take part throughout the year until the close of the campaign on 23rd June 2018; the closest possible weekend date to Christopher’s 70th birthday.
In the run up to the launch of the focussed fundraiser, the Bamboozle team and their charity sponsors will be using the hashtag 70Seventy to promote the event. And there’s still time for you to get involved! Keep an eye out for how to take part in each of Christopher’s challenges and help him accomplish #70Seventy. Or, if you’re a business leader, get in touch to find out how you can sponsor this important charity and increase your corporate social responsibility too.
You can also get tickets just in time for Bamboozle’s gala dinner with charity auction and live entertainment on Saturday 6th May at The City Rooms. Tickets cost £55 per person or £500 for a table of 10.
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