Jon Richardson and friends to stream bank holiday comedy gig for charity

Jon Richardson will be live streaming a full set on 25 May to raise funds for a variety of great causes.

The two-hour bank holiday gig will be hosted on platform United We Stream; with all proceeds shared between St John’s Hospice in Lancaster, Community Foundation for Lancashire COVID-19 Fund, NHS Charities Together, music therapy charity, Nordoff Robbins and the United We Stream Solidarity Fund. 

Richardson, who is known for his appearances on 8 Out Of 10 Cats and Live At The Apollo, will be starring on the virtual stage alongside a number of fellow comedians – including Dave Gorman, Jack Whitehall, Lee Ridley, Tez Ilyas, Justin Moorhouse, Harriet Dyer, Bethany Black, Russell Kane and Josh Widecombe.

The show will also feature music from the Lancashire Hotpots, a sports star quiz, and the breathtaking work of Manchester-based artist and illustrator Amy Coney (famed for the bee WE STAND TOGETHER MURAL) as she auctions a new piece of art.

Richardson commented: “I’ve never taken for granted the amazing work St John’s Hospice does for our community and that’s why I set up the annual gig in Morecambe.

“What I realise I have taken for granted is how much the area means to me and how much I love being able to travel there whenever I choose. 

“With lockdown taking travel and the gigs away it makes sense to host an online celebration of Lancashire to raise money for charities across the county who are struggling to keep their vital services going.  

“I’ve never done anything like this before so while I can promise I’ll be working my hardest and we have some amazing people contributing, just what it will look like will be a surprise to me as much as anyone on the night.”

Catherine Butterworth, Director of Income Generation, St John’s Hospice said: “We are so lucky to have Jon and his friends rooting for us as we work through this pandemic. They are long-term supporters of St John’s and the fact they are providing their own time free of charge so we can all keep caring for makes an incredible difference. 

“Jon and his friends know that charities are struggling and by putting on an amazing evening; they are making sure charity work continues. 

“In the words of Dame Cicely Saunders, who was a pioneer in hospice care and initiated the hospice movement – ‘we cannot take away the whole hard thing that is happening, but we can help to bring the burden into manageable proportions’.

“So please kick back, log in and donate the price of a night out and a few drinks to these charities!”

The show will take place live on United We Stream, 8 – 10pm on bank holiday Monday.

You find out more details and make a donation on JustGiving.

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