The weather may have brought most of the country to a standstill on Friday but it wasn’t going to stand in the way of The Big Yellow Friday Comedy Night at Bowdon’s Cinnamon Club. The event was one of hundreds of events taking place around the UK to mark Big Yellow Friday, the national awareness and fundraising day of Children’s Liver Disease Foundation (CLDF). And while many events had to be postponed due to the snow, the comedy lovers of Bowdon proved to be made of sterner stuff. Not only did Friday’s event go ahead, but it raised an incredible £8,421!
The Big Yellow Friday Comedy Night is the idea of local parents, Julie and Keith Algie from Hale, whose five year old son, Blair, was born with a rare liver disease and received a life-saving liver transplant four years ago.
“CLDF is an amazing charity, who were there for us with information and support at our most difficult time,” explains Julie. “We want every family in our situation to receive that support which is why we came up with the idea of a fundraising comedy night for Big Yellow Friday. We have run several in recent years which have proved really popular and although we were concerned when we saw the problems the weather was causing last week, our organisers, Buzz Comedy, were absolutely determined to make it happen!
“Our original compete, Nina Gilligan, was snowed in so Ryan Gleeson stepped in instead and was awesome. And one of our acts, Tudor Owen, insisted on performing even though he had to return to Wales that night!
“We also enjoyed tremendous support from local businesses who provided fantastic auction and raffle prizes and of course from those who turned out on such a cold and miserable night to support us. We are delighted with what we raised and really grateful to everyone who gave their time and money for a cause which is so very important to us.”
Alison Taylor, Chief Executive of CLDF added: “We are the only UK charity dedicated to fighting all forms of childhood liver disease, which we do by providing information to healthcare professionals, emotional support to families, funds for research and a voice for all affected. To do this we rely almost entirely on voluntary donations so Big Yellow Friday is a really important day for us. The fact that this event was such a huge success despite the appalling weather is a testament to everyone involved. It means that Julie and Keith’s Big Yellow Comedy Nights have raised almost £43,000 to date which is just incredible!”
- Julie and Keith Algie from Hale, pictured with their son, Blair, who was the inspiration for the Big Yellow Friday Comedy Night
- The stage lighting was provided by local company, The Word is Love