Top stand-ups raise thou­sands to help with refugee cri­sis

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: @Camil­la_Good­man

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

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