Fundraising for British Heart Foundation

In memory of Adrian Hackett.

We were saddened to hear about the passing of former member Adrian Hackett on 21st April 2017 whose life was taken by heart disease.

Adrian joined CTC in 1992 for our January 1993 production of ‘West Side Story’ playing Diesel, a Jet. He then appeared in ‘Hello, Dolly!’ in January 1994 then took the lead role of the Sheriff in ‘The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas’ in May 1994, reprising the role in October 1999.

Adrian was a big guy with a big heart. Touching 6 foot 6 he was a force to be reckoned with amongst the forwards in his beloved sport of rugby.  Privately educated at Uppingham school, Adrian was intelligent, smart and witty.  He was a man with a truly eclectic mix of occupations with fingers in numerous pies. At various stages in his life he provided financial advice, ran a cheese grating business, owned a sandwich shop and had several mini market corner shops. He was part owner of a nursing home and had business interests in a car recovery garage firm, a car import business and an estate agency.  Probably easier to list what he didn’t do!

Outside of work he was a founding member of Castle Donington Rugby Club and played for many years at first team standard at Donington. More than that he was secretary of the club (for as long as many in the club can remember) and the man who dealt with almost all of the unseen jobs necessary in sports clubs.  He was the man who inspired and organised many a hard-drinking rugby tour.

Adrian claimed – and nobody quite knew if this was true – to be a member of the Scottish swimming water polo team.  Probably untrue but typical of the man full of fun and mischief.

Adrian died at the age of 52 from a sudden cardiac arrest due to undiagnosed left ventricular hypertrophy. He leaves a wife, Katie, a loving daughter, Mia and many friends who mourn his passing.


British Heart Foundation

Heart disease is still Britain’s biggest single killer, affecting over 7 million people. Far too many people die prematurely. Their Vision is a world in which people do not die prematurely or suffer from cardiovascular disease.

Today and every single day 440 people will lose their lives to cardiovascular disease. More than 100 will be younger than 75. 12 babies will be born with a heart defect. 480 people will go to hospital with a heart attack. And 640 people will be admitted into hospital with a stroke.

And every month here in the East Midlands, 960 families are torn apart each month when lose someone they love to heart disease. Their research is helping to keep families together.

In memory of Adrian,

we’ll be raising money and awareness in aid of British Heart Foundation in relation to our May production of ‘The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas’. On the run up to the show we’ll be holding fundraising events and activities so keep a look out on our website and social media to check on our progress.

You can get involved with fundraising or if you would like to donate you can do so via our JustGiving Page at: