Friday, 1 March 2024
Friday, 1 March 2024

First annual Jon and Lucy + Friends Comedy Night raises over £70,000 and counting

THE highly anticipated Comedy Night hosted by The Children’s Hospital Charity patrons Jon Richardson and Lucy Beaumont has raised over £70,000 and counting for Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.  

The event took place on Thursday 13th July at Sheffield City Hall, and over 2,000 people attended. It was kindly sponsored by Bakewell Retreats, SCE and Ackroyd & Abbott.

Husband and wife duo and stars of Meet the Richardson’s hosted the Comedy Night to raise vital funds for Sheffield Children’s, inviting the best in the business to perform at no cost with all profits going to making Sheffield Children’s.

With a stellar lineup of Jon, Lucy, Tom Davis, Sarah Millican, Daliso Chaponda, Rosie Jones and Seann Walsh dedicating their time and performances to Sheffield Children’s, the seven comedians had the audience roaring with laughter.

The night kicked off with a message from The Children’s Hospital Charity Chief Fun Officer, Tchad Western, who expressed his thanks to the event sponsors, devoted volunteers, the audience and dedicated patrons Jon and Lucy, which was followed by a message from young patients under the care of Sheffield Children’s.

Over 100 staff from Sheffield Children’s, along with families of patients treated at the hospital were in attendance and Jon acknowledged them, he said:

“The event was all for them.”

First annual Jon and Lucy + Friends Comedy Night raises over £70,000 and counting
Jon and Lucy hosted meet and greets for special guests. Photograph credit: Glenn Ashley Photography.

On stage, Jon Richardson took on the 5 for Theo challenge in front of over 2,000 people, doing 5 keepy-uppies, nominating 5 friends and donating £5 to The Children’s Hospital Charity. Here, Jon was joined by The Children’s Hospital Charity Development Officer Rob Gurruchaga and fellow Charity patrons, Dan Walker and Jessica Ennis-Hill while he nominated the entire audience to take on the challenge next.

5 for Theo was launched by Charity Patron and Lioness Esme Morgan. Esme took to social media on 2nd July to launch the challenge, asking all Lionesses to get involved in this Women’s World Cup to support a cause close to her heart.

The Children’s Hospital Charity supports Sheffield Children’s to change lives every day. One of only three standalone children’s NHS Trusts in the country, the hospital sees patients from across the UK and beyond.

Home to a range of world-leading clinicians in care and research, alongside some of the best medical and surgical services available to children, demand for its services continues to grow every year.

Jon Richardson said:

“It was amazing to see the City Hall full to the rafters and know all the money was going to Sheffield Children’s. I’m certain that will be the best comedy show in Sheffield this year and already can’t wait to get planning the next one.”

First annual Jon and Lucy + Friends Comedy Night raises over £70,000 and counting
Top UK comedians posed for a selfie with The Children’s Hospital Charity staff and patrons, Dan Walker and Jessica Ennis-Hill. Photograph credit: Sarah Millican. Top-billing comedians including Tom Davis performed their sets for free, with all profits going towards The Children’s Hospital Charity.

Lucy Beaumont added:

“We’ve been patrons of the Charity for a year and a half now, and we’ve seen firsthand how the money raised from supporters makes a massive difference. We’re proud of Sheffield Children’s and every penny raised will go towards making it better for those that visit.”

John Armstrong, CEO of The Children’s Hospital Charity said:

“It was amazing to see so many people there supporting Sheffield Children’s. With parents and loved ones of patients in the audience, it was a very special evening.

“We can’t thank our sponsors, volunteers, Jon, Lucy, and their friends enough for supporting us. Being the first of an annual event, we already can’t wait until next year.”

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