Top stand-ups raise thousands to help with refugee crisis
THE organisers of a soldout charity event are laughing after raising thousands of pounds for the refugee crisis.
Chesham Comedy Club Productions hosted an event titled Stand Up for Refugees at The Elgiva, in St Mary’s Way, Chesham, on Tuesday, October 13.
All 300 seats at the theatre were sold for the event, which raised more than £7,000 for the Oxfam Refugee Crisis Appeal.
Organised in response to the incredible local reaction to the plight of refugees fleeing war-torn Syria, the evening featured the talents of Alex Horne, Dominic Holland, Marcel Lucont, Adam Bloom, Brian and Krysstal, Alistair Barrie, Simon Clayton and Dee Riley, who all generously donated their services free of charge for the evening.
Organisers Mark Rann and Jane MacBean were ‘overwhelmed’ with offers of support from volunteers who gave their time to help on the night, local businesses who generously donated their services and auction and raffle prizes, and the local community who turned out in force to make the evening such fun and a resounding success.
Mrs MacBean said: “We can’t get over how generous people were with their time, their contributions and their money on the night. Yet again we have seen how big-hearted and generous our community is and it makes us proud to live in such a great town.”
Oxfam’s regional fundraising manager for London and the South-East Emma Crossley, supported the team of volunteers and helped out on the night. She said: “It was a wonderful night, it really was. It was both humbling and inspiring.
“Witnessing events like that really is one of the best parts of my job. It reminds you that there are a lot of people in this world that really do want to help and make a difference. Thank you so much.”
We can’t get over how generous people were
TEAM WORK: Stand Up for Refugees at The Elgiva in Chesham raised more than £7,000 for Oxfam’s Refugee Crisis Appeal
FUNNY MEN: Dominic Holland. Above left, Alex Horne, and right, Marcel Lucont