Charlotte Church, Billy Bragg and Josie Long join a host of comedy and music stars in Wimbledon for cancer charity benefit

For one night only, big names from comedy and music are coming together for a unique event at the New Wimbledon Theatre, to benefit a children’s cancer charity and a fellow comedian whose wife has been diagnosed with cancer.

 

The night, on Monday 23rd October from 7.30, hosted by comedian Robin Ince, features a star-studded line up with names such as Billy Bragg, Charlotte Church, Josie Long, Alexei Sayle, James Acaster, Daniel Kitson, Hollie McNish, Alistair Barrie, Chris Stokes and Grace Petrie.  All proceeds from the event will go to help Barry and Helen Crimmins with treatment costs in USA and CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people.

 

The benefit event was set up after fellow comedian, Barry Crimmins, who lives in the US, received the shock diagnosis that his wife, Helen has non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. As treatment is costly his fellow comedians have rallied round to raise funds and benefit other families too through CLIC Sargent.

 

Billy Bragg, said: Barry Crimmins uses his humour as an activist artist should – to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. He’s done loads of gigs supporting those in need. Now it’s our turn to support him in his hour of need”.
 
Last year, CLIC Sargent supported 561 families in London, giving nearly 400 grants worth over £81,000 to help families deal with the financial impact of cancer. A recent Cancer Costs report from the charity revealed that families spend an extra £600 a month when undergoing active treatment.

 

Charlie Straker, Fundraising Engagement Manager, said: “Everyone at CLIC Sargent is very excited for this event which will be a very special night with an amazing line-up.

 

“We rely entirely on donations to fund our vital work and so we can’t thank Robin Ince and all the other celebrities for their fantastic efforts. Thanks to them and everyone who buys tickets, we will be able to help even more children and young people thrive not just survive after their cancer diagnosis.”

 

Tickets available from £17.90 at bit.ly/helenandbarry or via the box office on 0844 871 7646

 

 

 

 

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