Actor Jamie set to swim lake for SJT

Liza Goddard welcomes Jamie Kenna ashore after a South Bay training dip.'112840b. Picture by Kevin Allen.
Liza Goddard welcomes Jamie Kenna ashore after a South Bay training dip.'112840b. Picture by Kevin Allen.

AN ACTOR has vowed to swim for more than 10 miles to raise money for the Stephen Joseph Theatre.

Jamie Kenna, who starred in Alan Ayckbourn’s Communicating Doors and Life of Riley plays last summer, will tackle a freezing Lake Windermere in early September to aid the theatre’s work on stage and in the community.

While performing in the plays, Jamie began sea swimming off Scarborough and became a member of Scarborough Rowing Club.

He is being backed by television and stage actress Liza Goddard, who appeared alongside Jamie in both productions last year.

Jamie said: “I think you should raise money for a charity close to your heart.

“Having spent an amazing career-changing summer at the Stephen Joseph Theatre and meeting people who live and work in Scarborough, I wanted to do something to help, especially at this time of funding cuts. The Stephen Joseph Theatre is an important part of the theatrical world.”

Jamie added that he decided to swim the lake while he was touring in Bowness, close to Lake Windermere, with a Stephen Joseph Theatre production.

The sponsorship will be welcome after Chris Monks, the theatre’s artistic director, revealed that income at the venue is down £130,000 on last year due to cuts.

Chris said: “Production budgets have been cut really to the bones. We are begging, borrowing and stealing everything we can.”

To sponsor Jamie, visit www.justgiving.com/JamiesSJTSwim