TV comics raise a smile (and funds) for charity

Daliso Chaponda and Joe Lycett

Daliso Chaponda and Joe Lycett help The Glee donate £7k to children’s hospital charity.

A charity comedy show organised by The Glee Club has raised £7,000 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity.

The performance, which took place last night (Wednesday 25 October 2017) at the city centre venue saw rising Brum comedy hero Joe Lycett and Britain’s Got Talent finalist Daliso Chaponda appear in front of a capacity crowd.

They were joined by Newcastle’s Rahul Kohli and Comedy Carousel host Andy Robinson, as MC.

One hundred per cent of ticket revenue has been donated to the club’s chosen charity partner for 2017, Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, who will use the funds to assist children and their families in both the UK and Malawi.

For Daliso, who was born in Malawi, it was a night that he was keen to be involved in.

“You have an African raising money for British children … so that’s payback,” smiled the comedian, adding: “When I was asked [I said], ‘for a children’s charity? Of course!’ Karma.”

The Glee’s Director, Mark Tughan, said: “Supporting Birmingham Children’s Hospital has been great this year and we are really pleased to have been able to help such a worthy cause.

“We never expected to raise so much. This demonstrates the warmth and generosity of the public towards the hospital, and to crown our year-long fundraising partnership off with a sold out show is the icing on the cake.”

Eloise Davidson, Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity Corporate Fundraising Manager, said: “Thank you so much to everyone at The Glee Club for putting on this fantastic event for us.

“At Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, we believe that there is always more we can do for our sick kids and events such as these help raise both awareness and vital funds for the families and children that we treat.

“Part of the fundraising from this event will go to the charity’s Malawi Partnership which helps to provide an educational link between hospital staff in the UK and Malawi, allowing staff to share knowledge, improve skills and ultimately improve health care for children.

“Thank you so much for your support!”

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