Stephen K. Amos among those announced for Griff Rhys Jones show in aid of EACH

Stephen K. Amos among those announced for Griff Rhys Jones show in aid of EACH

Stephen K. Amos, Katy Brand and Andy Parsons have been added to the all-star lineup set to perform at Happy Christmas Ipswich, the comedy evening being organised by Griff Rhys Jones to raise money for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

Also added to the bill are the cast of BBC radio comedy programme Radio Active as well as the spoof country and western band that features Rory McGrath, Death By Country.

Lee Mack, Al Murray and Jess Robinson were the first of Griff’s friends confirmed for the event at Ipswich’s Regent Theatre on Tuesday, 3 December. He hopes to add more big names from the world of comedy soon. The evening will end with a special musical moment, led by a singer to be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets go on sale at 10am this Friday (4 October).

Griff is a keen supporter of EACH, having visited The Treehouse, its hospice in Ipswich, and even hosted a special visit to his home for a 12-year-old boy and his family who receive care and support from the charity.

Previously, he has said: “The Treehouse is a hospice, but it’s really about living and helping people to get the most out of life. It does remarkable, inspired and very difficult work to help families through circumstances that might affect any of us at any time. I was so impressed by the people I met, so amazed by the detail and compassion I found there. It’s a good place, it provides a vital service, but it can only do this with our continued and continuous support.”

For that reason, Griff has done solo comedy performances for EACH in each of the last two years. He hopes asking his peers to join him this year will bring in even more cash.

Becky Redbond, EACH Events Fundraising Manager, said: “This is truly a star billing, with those who come along assured a unique evening of hilarious laughs. I’m delighted to say that Just Recruitment has agreed to sponsor the event, meaning every penny raised will go directly towards continuing care for children and young people with life-threatening conditions, and support for their families. Other sponsorship opportunities exist, so please get in touch if you may be interested.”

Tickets will be available from www.ipswichtheatres.co.uk or on 01473 433100. Those on general sale will be priced from £32.50. There will be a limited number of ‘best seats in the house’ available for £100 and an even more limited number of VIP meet and greet tickets for £250. Holders of those will receive champagne after the show and a goody bag to take home after mingling with the stars.

For more information about EACH go to www.each.org.uk and for more about sponsorship opportunities get in touch with the charity’s Vicky Matthews on 01473 917962 or at victoria.matthews@each.org.uk.

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