Comedians perform in aid of The Sussex Beacon at the 14th annual Brighton Comedy Festival’s opening night

We are very thankful to the Brighton Dome and Off the Kerb for once again running the opening night of the Brighton Comedy Festival in aid of The Sussex Beacon. This annual event raises in excess of £20,000 to help people living with HIV.

On Friday 9 October, the Brighton Dome played host to the opening night of the 14th annual Brighton Comedy Festival. Performing on the night were Elliot Steel, Andrew Ryan, Phill Jupitus, Suzi Ruffell, James Acaster, Seann Walsh, and Tom Allen. Hove resident Simon Evans, compered the night. All the comedians gave their time free of charge.

The legacy of Addison Cresswell

The proceeds from the festival’s opening night are donated to The Sussex Beacon thanks to the legacy of support of British comedy talent agent and producer Addison Creswell. Addison founded and ran Off the Kerb talent agency.

Off the Kerb have over 30 years’ experience in the comedy business. Their internationally renowned artists have won numerous prestigious awards. Previous performers at the gala include Jo Brand and Michael McIntyre.

Volunteers and staff members were on hand with buckets to collect donations and to sell tickets for our upcoming Autumn Raffle. On the night The Sussex Beacon raised at total of £924.06 from bucket collecting alone.

A vital community event

Chief Executive of The Sussex Beacon, Simon Dowe, said: “I am so grateful to all those involved with the annual running of this vital community event; the annual gala raises crucial funds, without which The Sussex Beacon would not be able to continue to provide our key services to the community”

The Sussex Beacon would like to thank all of the comedians who took part, the Brighton Dome for hosting the event, Off the Kerb for their continued support, and anyone who bought a ticket for the opening night. All the money raised will support people living with HIV to lead health and independent lives.

Comedy Gala 2015, Credit Nick Ford

Brighton Comedy Gala comedians with The Sussex Beacon’s Chief Executive, Simon Dowe.
Photo courtesy of Nick Ford.

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