Some of the top comedians in the business took part in a fantastic evening of comedy at The Comedy Store in London on Monday 5 September and raised £4524.82 – through ticket sales and a bucket collection. Among the names to support ellenor on the night were Jack Dee, Marcus Brigstocke and Andy Parsons!
The sell-out crowd of 400 people laughed their way through the whole evening and they were not only there to raise money for ellenor, but to remember Cherrie Tadman, who was cared for by the hospice charity.
The evening was organised by Tom Packman of Off The Kerb Productions and the tour manager for some of the biggest names in comedy. He worked with Jack Dee on his most recent tour and his latest TV show ‘Jack Dee’s Help Desk’. Tom has been wanting to put on a night of comedy in Cherrie’s memory for some time and he’s doing it now - as he is about to move to New York.
Cherrie – who died in 2013, aged 54 – was one of the best friends of Tom’s Mum and, he says, like a ‘second Mum’ to him.
MC for the evening was Cherrie’s brother and Tom’s friend, the Bearsted-based comedian, Kevin McCarthy. Back in March, Kevin kindly organised a comedy night in Gravesend – The Cherrie Tadman Comedy Night – which raised £1800 for ellenor. He praised ellenor on stage for the care the charity had given to his sister.
The Comedy Store evening began with young comedian, Ivo Graham, who was celebrating his birthday. He delivered a funny – and beautifully written – set. Also sharing the first half with him were Marcus Brigstocke, Sara Pascoe and special guest Romesh Ranganathan.
The second half featured both Jack Dee and Charlie Baker, as well as a set from the hysterical ‘hospital DJ’ Ivan Brackenbury – which rather struck a cord with ellenor nurse Melanie, who attended the evening. The event was concluded by the talents of beat boxer Reeps One.
“A huge thank you to Tom for arranging such a wonderful evening of comedy for ellenor, to Kevin for being MC and, of course, to all the comedians who supported the night,” says Katherine Mobey, Premium Partnerships Manager at ellenor. “To benefit from a charity evening at such a well known London venue was amazing and to see such famous comedians on stage supporting us was wonderful.”
She adds: “Events like this are a wonderful way to remember a loved one and also raise vital funds. The money raised at The Comedy Store will help to support other families – like Cherrie’s – who are currently facing terminal illness.”