Comedy club to donate thousands to Staffordshire cancer victim Stephen Sutton’s campaign


A comedy club has pledged to donate takings from a month of shows to Staffordshire cancer sufferer Stephen Sutton’s fund-raising effort.

Stephen, 19, from Burntwood, has made national headlines for his campaigning for Teenage Cancer Trust.

The former Chase Technology College student, who has terminal colerectal cancer, had raised £1.5 million himself after his campaign which includes a bucket list and blog of his journey, went viral on social media.

manford comedy club posterComedian Jason Manford backed the campaign, and a show at the Players Bar comedy club in Birmingham last night (April 27) looks to have raised another £10,000.

Now staff at the club say a month of shows at the bar from May 10 onwards will be donated to the cause which has smashed through the £3 million barrier today.

Rachel Taylor, sales manager at Players Bar, told StaffsLive: “The total raised is still unknown but the target has most definitely been reached.

“As many people as possible were crammed in and the people from Teenage Cancer Trust charity went around with buckets collecting money.

“This event sold out in just four minutes. Jason is going to be holding comedy nights downstairs from May 10 and all proceeds from the first month will go towards his cause.”

Big names like John Bishop also appeared at last night’s concert.

Other celebrity names like Simon Cowell have also pledged to make large donations to the cause.

Stephen said: “I’m pretty much like your average teenager – except for the last three years now I’ve been battling cancer.

“The current opinion voiced by my doctors is that my disease is incurable, and as a result I want to spend as much time as possible raising funds for a charity very close to my heart.”

The Teenage Cancer Trust said it has been overwhelmed with donations and the support shown to Stephen’s campaign.

(Picture of Stephen Sutton courtesy of Fixers charity)



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