Presenter Jon Holmes goes back to college to raise money for CLIC Sargent

Double Bafta winning writer, comedian and radio presenter Jon Holmes will be tackling an 80ft abseil at his old university to raise money for CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people.

He was one of the team from BBC Radio 4’s huge hit comedy The Now Show, has appeared on Virgin Radio, Radio 2 and Radio 6 Music and now presents the XFM breakfast show. Jon, who also devised the Radio 4 impressions show Dead Ringers, will return to Canterbury Christ Church University on Saturday 23 February for the abseil.

The presenter, who has eight Sony Awards for his radio programmes, has worked with the likes of Armando Iannucci and Harry Hill and last week made international news when Bruce Willis apologised to the nation via Jon’s XFM show after his “shambolic” appearance on The One Show.

Jon cut his teeth on the university’s C4 radio station before moving on to become a presenter on Canterbury’s KMFM when it was called CTFM.

“I really enjoyed my time at Canterbury and rather than a walk down memory lane, I’m doing an abseil down an 80ft tower as a nostalgia alternative. Plus, I’ve taken advice from Bruce Willis off of Die Hard, so if any terrorists try to take Fisher Tower while I’m halfway down, I know exactly what to do,” said Jon. “I am pleased to support CLIC Sargent and aim to raise as much as possible to help children and young people with cancer.”

“Thanks to all the brave people who are going to be abseiling down the Fisher Tower with Jon,” said Hannah Auer, Fundraising Manager for Kent and East Sussex. “We really appreciate you giving up your time to raise money so that CLIC Sargent can support more children and young people with cancer, and their families.”

Jon’s abseil will take place between 1-2pm. For more information about joining Jon and others taking part, please call Hannah Auer on 01273 573 874 or 07825 781 956.