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Jon and Lucy + Friends Comedy Night returns in 2024 in aid of mental health

THE second highly anticipated Jon and Lucy + Friends Comedy Night has been announced for 2024 on Thursday 15th May, all to raise vital funds for Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.

Husband and wife duo and stars of Meet the Richardson’s began the annual Comedy Night in 2023 to raise vital funds for Sheffield Children’s, inviting the best in the business to perform at no cost.

In the newly announced lineup for 2024, comedians Alan Carr, Russell Kane, Fatiha El-Ghorri, and Maisie Adam will join Jon and Lucy in efforts to raise as much money as possible for the mental health campaign, Bright Young Dreams.

The first comedy night in July 2023 saw The Children’s Hospital Charity patrons and friends Sarah Millican, Daliso Chaponda, Rosie Jones, Tom Davis, and Seann Walsh raise over £70,000 for Sheffield Children’s.

Last year, Jon and Lucy were joined by charity patrons Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill and Dan Walker. Since then, the four patrons have come together to launch a mental health campaign Bright Young Dreams.

Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill, and fellow Sheffield locals Dan Walker, Jon Richardson, and Lucy Beaumont aim to tackle the global children’s mental health crisis, raising money in aid of Sheffield Children’s through The Children’s Hospital Charity.

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. Sheffield Children’s Mental Health Centre cares for young adults aged up to 18 with serious and complex mental health issues.

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:

“Anyone who was at last year’s show will know it was a truly memorable night and I can’t wait for this next one. Thanks to the incredible work and reputation of Sheffield Children’s Hospital we’ve been able to pull together an extraordinary line up and I will be doing everything I can to make it a night to remember. All the money raised is going towards our Bright Young Dreams campaign.”

Lucy Beaumont added:

“It was an absolute honour to be a part of last year’s incredible comedy event, I’m so excited to do it all over again having spent some time at Sheffield Children’s Hospital and I can see firsthand the difference it’s going to make.” 

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

“We are absolutely thrilled that Jon and Lucy’s comedy night will be returning next year. The first show, in July, was incredible. Not only did it raise an unbelievable amount of money, but it was also a real celebration of Sheffield Children’s, and the swell of love and support towards it. With parents and loved ones of patients in the audience, it was a very special evening.

“Next year’s lineup looks set to be just as fantastic, so we hope to see as many people there as possible. We are so grateful for all that Jon and Lucy do for the charity, and really appreciate their support.”

Tickets are now on sale. To join the charity and the comedians for giggles and giving visit: https://www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk/event/JonLucyAndFriends-2024.

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