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Snow White panto cast visit Chestnut Tree House

Monday 18 December 2017

The cast of Worthing Theatre’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs pantomime recently paid a visit to Chestnut Tree House to meet the children and families.

Dressed as their characters in the production, Chesney Hawkes (Prince Benedict), Cassie Compton (Snow White) and the CBeebies duo Richard David-Caine (‘Orrible Herman) and Joseph Elliott (Muddles) were given a tour of the House by one of the children.

Caroline Roberts-Quigley, Community Fundraiser at Chestnut Tree House said: “The children and families loved meeting Chesney, Cassie, Richard and Joseph and it is always heartwarming for us to see all their happy faces and hear so much laughter. We’d like to say a massive thank you to them for taking time out of their busy rehearsal schedules to visit, and to the team at Worthing Theatres for their commitment and enthusiasm.

“Worthing Theatres have been incredible in their support over the last couple of years – both in terms of raising funds and awareness of our services, and also arranging visits like this for our children and families. 

“As a charity, we need to raise £6,850 per day to provide all our specialist care services, both at the hospice and out in the community, and without the support of individuals and organisations in the local area it would not be possible for us to continue helping so many children and families.”

Santa cycle challenge: On Thursday 21 December, Worthing Theatre staff will be working together to pull off an all-day Santa cycle at the Connaught Theatre. From 9.30am to 4.30pm, a member of theatres’ staff will be dressed as Father Christmas, with outfits provided by Chestnut Tree House, and will cycle non-stop on an electronic bicycle donated by South Downs Leisure, taking turns for an hour each throughout the day. To donate click here.

Daniel Humphreys, Leader of Worthing Borough Council, said:“Pantomime is all about bringing families together over the festive period, and having Chestnut Tree House as our official charity for Snow White is a very special partnership for us.

“The theatre team are working hard to raise funds and awareness for this magnificent cause, and all donations people can contribute are very gratefully accepted. A huge thank you also to South Downs Leisure, who have very generously donated their equipment to support our upcoming fundraising event.”

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is on at the Pavilion Theatre, Worthing until Monday 1 January. For people wishing to contribute funds throughout the pantomime, there are Chestnut Tree House collection tins at the Pavilion Café Bar, as well as volunteers with collection buckets at various performances. For more information about the pantomime, and to book tickets, click here.

We are delighted to announce that Chesney Hawkes is becoming an honorary Patron of Chestnut Tree House for 2018, when the hospice celebrates its 15th birthday. Find out more here.