Comedians to team up for youngster

A special comedy boxing event is being held to help raise money for a north east youngster.
A special comedy boxing event is being held to help raise money for a north east youngster.

A host of comedians are coming together for a one off show to help raise money for a youngster battling cancer.

Next month the first UK Comic Boxing will take place at Blyth Sports Centre, featuring 20 of the world’s best stand-up comedians as they compete in amateur boxing fights.

The special event, hosted by Rhod Gilbert, will also help to raise funds for three-year-old Kian Musgrove, who is battling Neuroblastoma, and needs more than £550,000 for lifesaving treatment.

Lauren Douglass from Punch Drunk Comedy, said: “With a large number of TV comics in the room, we are preparing for this event to be an 800-seat sell-out and we are going to use it as an opportunity to raise money funds for Kian.”

Kian, of Newbiggin Hall in Newcastle, was first diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma in October 2013.

The family is raising funds to fund a particular relapse therapy which is available in New York.

Lauren added: “The Punch-Drunk Army have decided to make some noise. As soon as 300 tickets have been sold, all further ticket revenue will be donated to Kian’s treatment fund.

“At £20 per general admission ticket, this means that together simply by filling Blyth Sports Centre we could donate over £10,000.

“On top of that all of the comedians are raising sponsorship independently all the way up to the night, with many of them having agreed to donate that sponsorship to Kian.

“We feel that considering the astronomical amount that Kian needs to raise and how urgently he needs it, what this event can help with the most is simply adding a whole host of new avenues for his story to travel down and spread the word as far as possible.”

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