Wirral comedy night brings in cash for charity
A comedy night held at the Thornton Hall Hotel in Thornton Hough, Wirral, raised more than a few laughs from audience members on Tuesday 25 November 2014 – bringing in more than £500 for a local ‘home away from home’ for families who have children at Arrowe Park Hospital.
A procession of talented amateur comedians bravely took to the stage to amuse and entertain an audience of around 60 people. The event was organised by Wirral engineering professional Paul Brown, who also performed a stand-up comedy routine on the night to the delight and cheers of the audience. The event was held in aid of the charity-run Ronald McDonald House Arrowe Park, the free ‘home away from home’ accommodation for families who have children at Arrowe Park Hospital.
Ronald McDonald House Arrowe Park is run by Ronald McDonald House Charities – an independent charity that provides free accommodation to families at or near hospitals across the UK.
Paul explains the story behind last week’s successful event:
“I’ve been involved with the Liverpool amateur comedy scene for some time and I have already chalked up a few performances. I wanted to organise a charity night with my talented friends from the Liverpool Comedy Trust and do something for Ronald McDonald House Arrowe Park, which I had heard about from a friend who has been involved with this remarkable facility for some time.
“All of the performers were brilliant on the night and we are all grateful to them for their comedy talent and the way they gave up their time to deliver an evening of great comedy entertainment for such a great cause.
“The Liverpool-based Comedy Trust, a charity that, among other things, supports and nurtures local amateur comedy talent. We sold tickets through friends and colleagues, with all funds going to Ronald McDonald House Arrowe Park. A local engineering company, Multi-Screen GB, kindly met the cost of hiring the venue. We were delighted with the turnout – and relieved that we were given such a kind reception by our audience on the night!”
Megan Owen, Fundraiser at Ronald McDonald House Arrowe Park, says:
“What a splendid event. Paul, supported by this talented team of comedians, had the audience rolling in the aisles and digging deep into their pockets to support our free accommodation for families, many of whom travel far from home so that their children can get the medical care that they need. We are so grateful.”
For more information about Ronald McDonald House Arrowe Park visit: www.rmhc.org.uk/arrowepark.
For more pictures or further information please contact:
Alex Goldup, T. 020 7250 8291 M. 07791 765 915 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to Editors
- Picture caption: pictured at the comedy night are (from l-r): FRONT ROW - Kathy Whitehead from Ronald McDonald House Arrowe Park, comedian Rob Mitchell, Megan Owen from Ronald McDonald House Arrowe Park, event organiser and comedian Paul Brown, comedians Jeff Ryan and Tony Dunn. BACK ROW – comedians John Wilson and Darren Partington. Picture credit: Megan Owen
- To speak to someone or for more pictures please contact Alex Goldup
- Ronald McDonald House Arrowe Park is run by Ronald McDonald House Charities - an independent charity that provides free ‘home away from home’ accommodation at hospitals across the UK. It enables seriously ill children to have their families close by when they are undergoing treatment and allows them to maintain a degree of normal family life.
- There are 14 Ronald McDonald Houses in the UK and in 2013 they helped support over 7,000 families with children in hospital.
- Ronald McDonald House Charities relies on the generosity of supporters and fundraisers, including McDonald’s customers, without whom it would be unable to continue its work. The Charity was founded in 1989 and in 2014 proudly celebrates 25 years of keeping families together.