THE British Red Cross rounded off their work in 2017 by introducing a comedy fundraiser to Manchester’s Northern Quarter.
Giggle Aid debuted in early December at the Frog & Bucket Comedy Venue, Oldham Street, rounding off an emotional year for the British Red Cross which included responses to May’s Manchester attacks.
Notable comedians such as the Chase’s Paul Sinha and former Red Dwarf star Norman Lovett featured alongside local acts such as Blackburn’s Tez Ilyas.
— Giggle Aid (@GiggleAid) December 4, 2017
Kerry Threadgill, British Red Cross Senior Community Fundraiser for Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Wirrall, said: “As this is our first event, really we want to create an event that’s going to have growth.
“We’ve been running a lot of emergency appeals but, day to day, we’re always funding for our local services.
“And we do so much here in Manchester so really we want to spread the word about what we do to say that we’re here on your doorstep.”
Host for the night, Mr. Sully O’Sullivan, said: “Manchester is, whether other cities like to admit or not, the hub of the north.
“As someone who works in entertainment… (it is a) great place to be based.
“I will admit it is slightly more drizzly than where I originally come from… but just get a bigger coat!”
British Red Cross responses to the Manchester attacks
The British Red Cross were also integral in the immediate aftermath of the Manchester attack in May 2017.
As well as providing emotional care and ambulance support, the organisation joined Manchester City Council and the Manchester Evening News in setting up the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.
The fund is designed to support those affected by the attack and has, so far, raised over £18 million.
“One thing it (reaction to the attack) showed for me is the sense of identity and spirit that Manchester really does have,” O’Sullivan said of the of the responses to the attack.
“The entire entertainment community seemed to really get behind… the idea of community spirit after the event.
“And so it only makes sense that it (entertainment) would also be part of how we dealt with it.”
You can still donate to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund. To do so, visit the British Red Cross Website or call 0300 456 4999