Simon Coates

Simon Coates

2000 miles in 8 months


Total raised so far£0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00


Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]My name is Simon Coates, and between 1st March 2021 and 31st October 2021 I will be undertaking the challenge to hike 2000 miles in aid of 16 charities whose work is close to my heart. I am aiming to raise at least £1000 for each of the charities I am supporting, and these funds will make a real difference in enabling the charities to continue their work and survive the extremely challenging times we find ourselves in.[/p][p]You can find out more about the challenge and keep track of how I am getting on on my website ([url=][/url]), by joining the challenge Facebook group ([url=][/url]) or by following me on Twitter ([url=][/url]).[/p][p][b]The Watermill Theatre[/b][/p][p]From its beautiful riverside home on the outskirts of Newbury, The Watermill Theatre produces award-winning work that is recognised throughout the UK and abroad. The very best artists and creative teams, both established and at the early stages of their careers, are the theatres' lifeblood, earning it a reputation as one of the very best regional producing theatres in the country.[/p][p]Almost all their productions are 'Made in Berkshire', with actors, directors and designers living on-site throughout the creative process. Their setting makes a real difference to the work they create, enabling creative teams to immerse themselves completely in the project, fostering a true sense of ensemble that is visible on stage.[/p][p]They aim to present a programme of live theatre that is both inspiring and entertaining. Their artistic programme is at the heart of what they do and is incredibly varied, from Shakespeare and classic plays to new writing and the reimagining of traditional musicals, as well as bold new musicals.[/p][p]In a typical year over 61,000 people visit The Watermill to see a show on-site and in recent years their touring ambition has been rapidly growing, with rural tours, school tours and medium sized UK tours occurring throughout the year. In the past four years their touring work has been seen by a staggering 525,267 people around the UK.[/p][p]Their work on stage is complemented by an exciting education and outreach programme, which is inextricably linked to the theatre's productions. Their belief that everyone should have the opportunity to experience and participate in the arts has led to approximately 19,000 people engaging with them annually through their youth theatre, early years sessions, adult wellbeing workshops, partnerships with local schools and much more.[/p][p]The Watermill also runs a series of drama projects working with people who may be considered at risk or disadvantaged, using the arts as a tool to improve inclusion and participant wellbeing. In addition, they are proud to offer a range of accessible performances e.g. BSL Sign Integrated performances for D/deaf audience members, and Audio Described Performances and Touch Tours for people who are blind or partially sighted, to help ensure that as many people as possible can access and enjoy our productions.[/p][p]Unfortunately, in March 2020 the Covid-19 pandemic forced The Watermill Theatre to close and temporarily suspend all performances, events and in-person outreach and education activities. The financial impact was colossal. Despite more than six months of closure, they were determined to bring new work to their audiences in the months between lockdowns, staging 5 productions for socially distanced audiences, as well as providing regular online drama and behind-the-scenes workshops to help their community stay connected throughout the year.[/p][p]You can donate to this campaign in aid of The Watermill between 25th February 2021 and 31st January 2022, and anything you can donate will give invaluable support to allow the charity to continue their work.[/p][p]If you would prefer to send a cheque to the charity, you can write to them at the following address - please do include a cover note telling them your donation is as a result of my hiking challenge:[/p][p][b]The Watermill Theatre, Bagnor, Newbury, RG20 8AE[/b][/p]

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Personal Challenge Date

31 Oct 2021


Apr 7, 2021



Apr 7, 2021



Mar 27, 2021



plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Mar 21, 2021

Forbes family


Mar 20, 2021


Mar 19, 2021

G Baldwin


plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Mar 15, 2021

Gillian - a friend of The Watermill

Wow, that's an awfully big commitment, especially given the British weather! I hope my contribution helps to give you encouragement. Onwards and upwards, Simon!


Mar 15, 2021

Niall Munro

Very good luck Simon (and Wilbert) - it's an excellent challenge!

Mar 13, 2021



plus £2.62 Gift Aid

Mar 12, 2021


Great idea, good luck with the blisters!


plus £3.75 Gift Aid

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