Vital funds raised for cancer patients at St Albans gig

(From left to right) Aspava restaurant owner, Ihsan Demirtas, comedian, Patrick Monahan and organizer Pia Honey

Submitted by Alina Kairi

Several comedians gave their first performance to a live audience on Monday 17 May, raising £1,000 for CLIC Sargent, one of the UK’s largest cancer charities for children, young people and their families.

Patrick Monahan, President Obonjo, Sandra Hale and MC Peter Merre were the acts taking the stage before the socially distancing crowd at Aspava restaurant in St Albans, Hertfordshire.

A live audience of 68 guests attended the evening which featured food, raffle prizes and comedy, with all proceeds going to CLIC Sargent.

Pia Honey, a longtime CLIC Sargent supporter and mother of two from St. Albans, hosted the comedy night inspired by her daughter’s friend Sarah, who sadly passed away in 2020 from Ewing’s sarcoma. Sarah has been suffering from cancer since the beginning. teenage years and charity has supported her immensely.

Pia felt it was very important to do everything she can to support other young people and their families on their cancer journey. Pia said: “I am delighted to say that the comedy night was a huge success.

“I want to thank all the comedians and locals who got behind it and were so generous with their donations. I’m really proud to be a part of ‘Team CLIC Sargent’. charity contributes to the lives of children and young people with cancer and their families. “Cancer turns the lives of families upside down and it is so important that CLIC Sargent is there to provide all the support they need. It feels great to do my part to help this amazing charity reach those families.”

Last year, CLIC Sargent in Hertfordshire supported 157 families by providing 18 financial grants worth £16,790 to help families meet the costs of cancer.

The charity’s Cancer Costs report found that families with a child receiving active treatment spend an additional £600 per month.

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Alina Kairi, CLIC Sargent fundraising engagement manager for Hertfordshire, said: “We are so grateful for the incredible dedication and dedication of Pia and family.

“When cancer affects young lives, we fight tirelessly to limit the damage it causes beyond their health. We rely entirely on donations to fund our vital work, so we can’t thank Pia and family enough for their amazing efforts.” had a significant impact on our income as the vast majority of live events were canceled or postponed. Fundraising events like these are absolutely crucial to help us recover and continue our work supporting children and young people with cancer. We are so happy that events like Pia’s can resume to help raise vital funds.”

To support Pia’s fundraiser, text LOL 70460 to donate £1 (texting costs £1 plus one standard rate message) or visit: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/pia-honey-clic-sargent?utm_term= MrP6grz5v .

For more information about CLIC Sargent’s work, please visit: www.clicsargent.org.uk

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