Comedy night raises thousands for Lancaster hospice

Jon Richardson at the Morecambe Winter Gardens in aid of Lancaster St John's Hospice. Picture by Andy Cruxton.

Jon Richardson at the Morecambe Winter Gardens in aid of Lancaster St John's Hospice. Picture by Andy Cruxton.

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Comedy fans dashed to see local lad Jon Richardson raising thousands for Lancaster St John’s Hospice in the process.

Morecambe Winter Gardens hosted the two sold-out shows on Saturday, January, 31 at 3pm and 8pm.

The performances from Jon Richardson, Matt Forde, Lucy Beaumont, Angela Barnes and Pete Firman helped raise £28,164 for the Slyne Road Hospice.

The Winter Gardens also received £5,850 as £5 from each ticket sale went to the theatre.

Richardson told The Visitor: “The show was brilliant, amazing given how cold it was.

“Hospices are amazing in general really and not well enough funded.” The Lancaster comedian wants to come back again for another show to keep raising money for his local hospice.

He said: “I’ve had a few, friends and family go there.

“Last year we raised £10,000 which you know keeps them going for a day, it’s a lot so I put in two shows this year to at least try and get a bit more money for them, I’ll keep doing it.”

Jon has fond memories of Lancaster and comes back to his home town every Christmas. He said: “Home is always home isn’t it. I have fond memories of playing out or being on bikes on the Scale Hall Farm estate.”

Crowds enjoyed the acts who all performed free of charge on the day.