Comedy stars raise the roof for Barnardo’s

Some of television’s favourite comedians united for a bumper night of comedy in London to help raise thousands of pounds for children’s charity Barnardo’s.

Hosted by Barnardo’s Youth Ambassador Tom Lucy, a stellar line-up of acts entertained a packed crowd at the Comedy Store in Leicester Square, including surprise special guest John Bishop, Jack Whitehall, Ed Byrne, Joel Dommett, Jaime Lang, Shappi Khorsandi, London Hughes, Larry Dean, Tom Rosenthal, Rhys James and Patrick Monahan.

Jack Whitehall said: “When I was asked to take part in this wonderful comedy night for Barnardo’s, how could I say no! They’re a brilliant charity doing brilliant things for vulnerable children and young people.”

Ed Byrne said: “Barnardo’s supports so many vulnerable children and young people throughout the UK and I was delighted to do my bit for such a great charity.”

Made in Chelsea star Jamie Lang, who made his comedy debut at the fundraiser, said: “I was delighted to show off my funny side and take part in an evening of comedy for Barnardo’s. I’m so proud to support the charity and it was an honour to be in the company of so many comedy legends.”

Thornton Heath born TV presenter and comedian London Hughes, who has previously abseiled the ArcelorMittal Orbit at the Olympic Park for Barnardo’s, said: “Barnardo’s is my favourite charity and I’ve long been inspired by what they do. Barnardo’s helps to keep young people safe and give them a voice that otherwise wouldn’t be heard.”

Tom Lucy said: “I’m very grateful to all of our acts for supporting the amazing work of Barnardo’s. As a Youth Ambassador for Barnardo’s, I’ve seen at first-hand how they make a difference to vulnerable children and young people. I really hope more of the public can support the charity.” 

Javed Khan, Chief Executive of Barnardo’s said:

“This was a fantastic evening of comedy and we are very grateful to all the performers who donated their time for Barnardo’s.

“The money raised will go to our frontline services, which support thousands of vulnerable children, young people, parents and carers across the UK.”

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