NewsJanuary 70

Jason Manford's Charity Comedy Night inspired by Stephen Sutton sells out in minutes


This weekend Players Birmingham hosted a comedy night organised by Jason Manford to raise money for the teenage cancer trust in honour of Stephen Sutton, a 19 year old from Staffordshire, who was diagnosed with bowel cancer at the age of 15.

Stephen Sutton has caught the attention of the public worldwide with his positivity and refusal to feel sorry for himself and, with determination to make the most of whatever time he has left, set up a "bucket list" which included raising 10,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

His story went viral on social media sites and gained the support of various celebrities including musicians, comedians and sports starts.

Comedian Jason Manford, who met Stephen Sutton at a charity gig a couple of years ago, has been promoting Stephen's campaign on social network twitter posting photos and urging other people to donate with the hashtag #thumbsupforstephen.

Celebrities including Coldplay, actor Benedict Cumberbatch and fellow comedian Steve Coogan have also followed with photographs bearing the hashtag to encourage more people to donate.

Jason Manford organised the special comedy night at Players Birmingham with all proceeds going to the cause. The charity gig sold out in 4 minutes with the takings going to the Teenage Cancer Trust.

The night was held at Players Birmingham, one of Phoenix Security's managed venues, and it was a huge success. It was great to be part of the evening; it was an excellent night of comedy and it was amazing to see so many people supporting the cause.

So far, Stephen Sutton has already raised over 2.5million for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

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