Comedy stars unite for local hospice patients

A host of comedy stars will be taking part in a special night of stand-up in aid of a local charity.

The free-to-stream virtual comedy night, which is in aid of St Ann’s Hospice, will take place on Sunday 21 June, with organisers hoping that those watching will help to raise as much money as possible by donating to help local patients.

Bake Off: The Professionals presenter, comedian Tom Allen will join a host of other stars from the comedy circuit, including Hackney Empire New Act of the Year winner Josh Jones, Comedy Store regular Mick Ferry, international comedian Anna Spark, American stand-up artist and improviser Kate McCabe, award-winning Freddie Quinne, popular North-West comedian Big Lou Jones, two-time national award winner Matt Reed, and rising comedy star Harry Stachini, as well as other special surprise guests to be revealed on the night.

Eamonn O’Neal, Chief Executive of St Ann’s, explained: “We were planning a live event at a local venue to showcase the very best in comedy talent whilst raising money for our patients, but obviously the pandemic has meant that has had to be postponed to next year.

“The comedians involved have been so generous with their time and have agreed to take part in this virtual evening for a night of online stand-up instead, and we couldn’t be more grateful to them. Our nurses and doctors are working even harder than ever on the front line to make sure that we can continue to provide safe, compassionate palliative and end of life care to the hundreds of patients we support every week.  We’re hoping that people watching the free evening of comedy will be kind enough to make a donation on the night to help us continue that care.  Every penny really will make a difference to the lives of our patients at such a difficult time for everyone.  

“Huge thanks to Carla Speight who has organised the evening for us and the Show Stream platform team for hosting and creating the comedy night video for us free of charge.  We really appreciate all of their support.  As a charity we have to raise £20,000 a day to keep our doors open for patients, and it’s really difficult at the moment with lots of our events cancelled.  People like Carla who are thinking outside the box and being creative with ways to raise money for us are amazing and we can’t thank them enough. Please do join us for what I’m sure will be a fabulous night of fun and fundraising.”

Anyone who makes a donation as part of the comedy night will also be entered into a draw to win special prizes. These include two tickets to Jason Manford’s next tour, a virtual private training session with Anthony Quinlan, a Happy Mondays photo signed by Shaun Ryder, a Reiki training course with Ki Retreat and well-being subscription box, 10 planners from Hello Day, and lots of additional prizes which will be announced on the evening. 

Donations can be made by texting SAHLAUGH to 70085 to give £5 to St Ann’s.  The show will be streamed on Sunday evening, and will be available for 24 hours afterwards to watch online.  Please note the show contains adult content.

For more information, and details of links to join the stream on Sunday evening, please visit www.sah.org.uk/events