On Wednesday 20 July, three members of the Worthing Theatres team joined together to complete the local 10km race Beat The Tide on Worthing seafront dressed up in Peter Pan costumes to raise money for local children’s hospice Chestnut Tree House.

Stephen Sheldrake dressed as Peter Pan, whilst Mark Gordon ran as Captain Hook and Laura Kimber competed as Tinkerbell. Not only did the team manage to all complete the race, but they also beat their target of raising £300 in three weeks as they managed to raise £315 on their Just Giving page. Worthing Theatres also matched the money raised by donating tickets for their pantomime to the families involved in the hospice.

Mark Gordon said “It was such a great experience, and I’m so glad we could help a local organisation that does brilliant things for effected children and families. We turned out to be the only ones running in costume out of about 400 people, so although we looked a bit silly, it was worth it for such a great cause - I think I’ll stick to swimming next time!

They each received a medal for finishing from Sussex Trail Events, who host races across Sussex throughout the year ranging from 10km to a lengthy 222km.

Nicky Ifould, Events Fundraiser for Chestnut Tree House, said, “Thank you so much to the team at Worthing Theatres for supporting Chestnut Tree House, for raising such a great total and for being such great sports!  The money will go directly towards providing care for children and young people with life-shortening illnesses, both at the hospice and in families’ own homes across the local area.”

This year’s production at the Pavilion Theatre will be The Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan, which runs from 2 December to 8 January. Worthing Theatres are hosting auditions for local boys aged 9 to 15 on Sunday 11 September at the Pavilion Theatre to play the roles of The Lost Boys in the pantomime. For more information visit click here.