CLIC Sargent appeals for the UK’s best gags

Laughter is a powerful thing. It can bring people together and provide a moment’s relief for a young person living with cancer. That’s why CLIC Sargent is launching The Joke Appeal today; a UK-wide appeal for your jokes.

CLIC Sargent appeals for the UK’s best gags

Comedy stars such as Tim Vine, Adam Bloom, Chris Ramsey and Lee Nelson have already donated jokes to The Joke Appeal website and now it’s the public’s turn to pit their wits against the professionals and each other by submitting a joke online.

It’s easy to donate: by text, audio or film; tell your joke, visit The Joke Appeal website and upload it. The joke can then be shared with friends, family and the public at large who can sponsor their favourites.

The more jokes donated, the more awareness and money will be raised for CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading charity for children and young people with cancer, and their families.

Each week a different comedian will host The Joke Appeal’s website and all the submitted jokes will be ranked by their popularity – so you could find yourself in a contest with some of the best names in British comedy. 

Chris Ramsey comments: “CLIC Sargent were amazing when a young member of my family was diagnosed with cancer, so when they asked me to get involved I couldn’t want to join in.

“Laughter makes everyone feel good, but it can be crucial for a young person living with cancer as it helps them connect with their mates and have a break from the stress that cancer brings.

"That’s why we want to get everyone laughing this summer – donating jokes to The Joke Appeal, sharing and sponsoring their favourites so we can raise money for CLIC Sargent and find the funniest person in the UK – well let's not find too many, or I'll be out of a job!”

Dara de Burca, Director of Services at CLIC Sargent, said: “We know how important laughter can be in dealing with the challenges that cancer brings.

"For the children, young people and families we support it can provide a much-needed moment of relief during their cancer journey, and can help lift their spirits when things are tough.

"By donating their jokes, people can show their support for children and young people with cancer.”

It couldn’t be easier to get on the bill with some of the top talent in British comedy – join in at thejokeappeal.com.

Havas Worldwide is supporting CLIC Sargent on a pro bono basis to help raise awareness and funds through the Joke Appeal.

For further information contact:
Milly Bellotti: milly.bellotti@havasww.com 
Louise Stone: louise.stone@havasww.com or 020 7467 9200

For more information about CLIC Sargent contact Louise Sheridan on 020 8752 2938 / 07932 666 163 or email: louise.sheridan@clicsargent.org.uk.

Outside office hours please call 08448 481 189.

About CLIC Sargent

CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, and their families.

We provide clinical, practical, financial and emotional support to help them cope with cancer and get the most out of life.

We are there from diagnosis onwards and aim to help the whole family deal with the impact of cancer and its treatment, life after treatment and, in some cases, bereavement.

About childhood cancer

Every day, 10 children and young people in the UK hear the shocking news they have cancer.

Treatment normally starts immediately, is often given many miles from home and can last for up to three years.

Although survival rates are over 80%, cancer remains the single largest cause of death from disease in children and young people in the UK.

Note to sub editors

Please note that the name ‘CLIC Sargent’ should not be abbreviated to CLIC, and that the word ‘CLIC’ should always appear in capitals, as above.  

If you have any questions about engaging with the Joke Appeal on social media, or about the online hub, please contact Helen Thomas, Senior Digital Manager on 0117 314 8618 or email: helen.thomas@clicsargent.org.uk

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