Baron Hardup in the form of Richard Alan is very nearly committed to running the Barns Green half marathon on Sunday September 27 dressed as the Dame from last year’s Cinderella pantomime.
He has promised to do this if his sponsorship reaches £500 and at current the total stands at £430 so it looks as though the Dame’s dress will be coming out of the Capitol’s prop wardrobe.
Richard is running on behalf of the Samaritans of Horsham and Crawley and says: “Why? Because I met the wonderful volunteers while I was working at the Capitol Theatre in the Cinderella panto last year. All the cast where impressed with the work they do.
“The Samaritans are only a phone call away, for anyone who needs them. They are there to listen to people who are at the lowest point in their lives and need to talk to someone .
“The fact that someone is there on the end of the line, to talk to, can and does save lives. Please help me help them.”
Richard can be sponsored on his MyDonate page where he can be found under his real name of Richard Evans (stage names are not allowed!). https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/richardevans4.
Richard will be back at the Capitol this year in their production of Beauty and the Beast.
Anyone needing the Samaritans can contact them by phone on 01403 276276; by text on 07725 90 90 90, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or they are welcome to visit the branch at 21 Denne Road, Horsham. Open 9am-9pm most days but best to phone and check first.
Report and picture contributed by Samaritans of Horsham & Crawley.