Annie Hemingway has never attended Wac Arts classes, or worked with us in the past. And yet, on Sunday 3rd March, she lined up with 15,000 other hopefuls to run the Bath Half Marathon, all for the benefit of Wac Arts!
Inspired by her experiences, attending performances and working with Wac Arts trained professionals, Annie was moved to dedicate her fundraising run to Wac Arts. She first encountered our organisation when working with renowned Wac Arts trained playwright Che Walker whilst training at RADA. Annie then went on to work with Wac Arts trained actors in her professional life including actor Ben Cawley in the celebrated production of Fog at the Finborough Theatre, London in early 2012.
As an audience member at Wac Arts performances, Annie was also impressed by the range of talent and very special and supportive atmosphere around Wac Arts. So, when she heard of funding cuts to our programmes, Annie wanted to do something tangible to enable our crucial work and programmes to continue.
After weeks of training, and supported by family and friends, Annie successfully reached the finish line of the half marathon, completing the two-lap circuit around the streets of her hometown, Bath, in a fantastic 2 hours 20 mins. Braving the cold March weather, Annie had trained on gymnasium treadmills so the distance seemed even more daunting on the day, outside and against the elements!
But, more than £280 later, Wac Arts is delighted to be putting the money raised straight into our work with young people in the performing arts. Annie raised her money using the JustGiving online giving site, which links directly to the main Wac Arts JustGiving page via our website at WacArts.co.uk
Wac Arts is truly grateful to Annie for supporting us in this way. And we need as many people as possible to support our fundraising in as many ways as possible to help us navigate the current economic situation. Such individual fundraising events make all the difference to our ability to provide the range and quality of our programmes for young people of all abilities and backgrounds and we appreciate each one.
Once again, a massive THANK YOU to Annie from all at Wac Arts … we are so grateful for your support and hope your story will inspire many more friends of Wac Arts to follow in your footsteps!
With best wishes from the Wac Arts team.