Charlotte Church, Billy Bragg and Josie Long join a host of comedy and music stars in Wimbledon for cancer charity benefit

For one night only, big names from comedy and music are coming together for a unique event at the New Wimbledon Theatre, to benefit a children’s cancer charity and a fellow comedian whose wife has been diagnosed with cancer.

Charlotte Church, Billy Bragg and Josie Long join a host of comedy and music stars in Wimbledon for cancer charity benefit

The night, on Monday 23 October, hosted by comedian Robin Ince, features a star-studded line up with names such as Billy Bragg, Charlotte Church, Josie Long, Alexei Sayle, James Acaster, Daniel Kitson, Hollie McNish, Alistair Barrie, Chris Stokes and Grace Petrie.

All proceeds from the event will go to help Barry and Helen Crimmins with treatment costs in USA and CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people. 

The benefit event was set up after fellow comedian, Barry Crimmins, who lives in the US, received the shock diagnosis that his wife, Helen has non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. As treatment is costly his fellow comedians have rallied round to raise funds and benefit other families too through CLIC Sargent. 

Billy Bragg, said: “Barry Crimmins uses his humour as an activist artist should – to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.

"He’s done loads of gigs supporting those in need. Now it’s our turn to support him in his hour of need."

Last year, CLIC Sargent supported 561 families in London, giving nearly 400 grants worth over £81,000 to help families deal with the financial impact of cancer. A recent Cancer Costs report from the charity revealed that families spend an extra £600 a month when undergoing active treatment. 

A very special night

Charlie Straker, Fundraising Engagement Manager, said: “Everyone at CLIC Sargent is very excited for this event which will be a very special night with an amazing line-up.

“We rely entirely on donations to fund our vital work and so we can’t thank Robin Ince and all the other celebrities for their fantastic efforts. Thanks to them and everyone who buys tickets, we will be able to help even more children and young people thrive not just survive after their cancer diagnosis.”

Tickets available from £17.90 at bit.ly/helenandbarry or via the box office on 0844 871 7646.

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Monday 23 October, 7.30pm New Wimbledon Theatre bit.ly/helenandbarry

For more information about CLIC Sargent, an interview or images, please contact Jack Wilson on 020 8752 2833 or jack.wilson@clicsargent.org.uk. Out of hours contact 08448 481189.

About cancer in children and young people

Today, 11 more children and young people in the UK will hear the devastating news that 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.

About CLIC Sargent

When cancer strikes young lives CLIC Sargent helps families limit the damage cancer causes beyond their health. CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading charity for young cancer patients and their families. We provide specialist support, to help and guide each young cancer patient and their family. We will fight tirelessly for them, individually, locally and nationally. For more information, visit www.clicsargent.org.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.

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