Karen’s Moel Famau Challenge

"So many people have lost their livelihoods, their income, their direction, their hopes and dreams... This is to try and raise funds for freelancers of the theatre."

Karen Campbell is raising money to give a helping hand to freelancers by walking up Moel Famau every day in November - that is over 100 miles in total and almost 4 marathons.

Creative freelancers have been hit hard by the impact of Covid-19, when venues were forced to shut their doors in March, most of the work dried up. The Helping Hand Appeal will give small bursaries of £560 to freelancers, giving some hope and support during this period.

She did it! A huge congratulations to Karen for climbing Moel Famau every day and raising £1575.

We asked Karen why she has chosen to support us in this incredible way:

“Theatr Clwyd is like my second home. My first ever performance was on the main stage in 1979 in a production of Carmina Burana. I fell in love with performing and it has been my passion ever since. For the last five years, I have performed in several shows including the record breaking ‘Mold Riots’. This will be the first time that I am not ‘treading the boards’ over the festive season.

The Covid pandemic has closed theatre doors up and down the country, shows, cancelled, postponed until who knows when. Many theatres will not survive and their doors will remain unopen.

So many people have lost their livelihoods, their income, their direction, their hopes and dreams. I too have felt lost and a sense of loss. There have been several shows that I have been cast in that have been cancelled/postponed, some at Theatr Clwyd, a tour of Macbeth in Singapore and Theatre Seven etc.

This is why I will be taking up the challenge of walking up and down Moel Famau every day throughout November. This is to try and raise funds for freelancers of the theatre.

I am asking that you, your friends and your friend’s friends and associates get behind me and support this cause. Please donate what you can so that when the day comes that Theatr Clwyd can once again open its doors, we will be ready to perform and entertain in a way that only this beautiful and fabulous theatre can do.”

Support Karen as she takes on Moel Famau every day in November.

Karen what an amazing achievement - loved seeing your daily reviews xx Chris and Tracey xx

Well done Karen you are doing a great challenge. It's been nice to join you when I can, and I will be there on Mon 30th for your last climb.

Karen, had a great day walking up with you. Keep going matey. Lady A x

Glad to see that lockdown hasn't dampened your energy or enthusiasm. Sorry we can't join you! Pat and Alec, company55

Pob hwyl i ti Karen wrth gyflawni dy her. All the best to you Karen in completing your challenge.

Ardderchog, diolch am helpu ac am eich ymdrech!

A huge feat for a fantastic cause.

Well done Karen and good luck, you can do it, Jo M xx

Well done Karen on your amazing challenge, it doesn’t surprise me one bit that you’d do something like this! Keep going! Xxx

Keep going, Karen! This is a brilliant way to raise funds and increase the profile of the appeal. We are proud of you! Karen P.

GO KAREN! This is marvellous, what a warrior you are. Thank you so much. Love Fran x

Good luck, Karen. Great cause

Good luck Karen, great cause. X

Karen you’re an absolute legend!! This is such an incredible thing to do for such an amazing cause!! Good luck we’ll be cheering you on all the way 💜💜 Love the Snowden Clan 🥰 You’re gonna smash it 💪🏻

You are an inspiration. Good luck and stay safe. 💖

Well done Karen! What an effort. Thank you for supporting freelancers ❤️ Tilly x

Well done Karen Lynn Ted and Scarlett x

Keep going Karen, you’ve done incredibly well with this challenge, & such a worthy cause in these difficult times. We have missed seeing all the performers at Theatr Clwyd this year& sad that people’s livelihoods/income are being hugely affected by Covid. This will make a huge difference to those experiencing difficulties this Christmas. Sarah & Kevin Dyer

“Crazy lady, don’t blow away we need you in the Caravan!” X

Wishing you all the very best of luck and thank you

Hurrah for brilliant bonkers Karen taking on the Moel Famau challenge every day this month for such a great cause

Good luck Karen! If anyone can do this it’s you, you’re one determined woman ❤️

Sending support from across the pond! Thanks, Karen, for the gifting opportunity!

Karen you are the most incredible selfless women I’ve ever met! Well done for taking on such a massive challenge for a brilliant cause. Hope my donation helps. Good luck x

Good for you Karen, keep up the good work!

Think it's absolutely brilliant what you're doing Karen, rather you than us! We'll be with you in spirit!
Very best wishes from David and Cheryl xx

We will be willing you on, Karen! You are raising money for such an important cause, and you deserve our thanks and encouragement. And, of course, huge congratulations when you reach your goal - as you, undoubtedly, will!