Christmas Comedy night is a cracker for charity

ONE venue, eight comedians, 500 presents and thousands of pounds to help local children all added up to a fantastic Christmas Comedy Cracker in Uppermill.

The event at the Civic Hall was organised by local lad and comedian Brennan Reece, who decided that as he presses on into his 30s he wants to give back to the community.

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He teamed up with Hits Radio and Cash For Kids to help with their Mission Christmas project, which gathers donated gifts for underprivileged young people aged 0 to 18 years old.

The result was the first annual Comedy Christmas Cracker in December, with a line-up of top comedians taking to the stage to entertain the packed hall.

The headline act was Jon Richardson, who has starred on Live at the Apollo, 8 out of 10 Cats does Countdown and Would I Lie To You?

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Joining him were Brennan Reece, Nina Gilligan, Clayton Jones, Jo Caulfield, Callum Oakley, Lindsay Davies and Steve Harris.

Each guest brought along at least one unwrapped gift, meaning the Hits Radio team took away more than 500 presents to deliver to young people at Christmas.

And more than £1,000 was raised through a raffle, with great prizes from local businesses including Donkeystone Brewery, Diggle Lock Café and The Eyebrow House.

Brennan commented: “I am over the moon with how the event went. We raised over 500 presents for underprivileged kids and thousands of pounds that will go to helping young people around the Oldham area. 

“It was a huge success for our very first event. The tickets sold out in five hours.

“My favourite thing about the night was the feeling of community. The world is a bit messed up at the moment, and the country is divided, but when hundreds of locals turned up with gift donations, it really warmed my heart.”

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