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Comedians added to bill for Aylesbury charity gig

Jon Richardson was announced as the lead for the event a few months ago.

Published at 5:42am 18th December 2019. 4-minute read.

Martin Hyland, Jon Richardson and Olivia Hyland

Three more comedians have been added to the bill for a special fundraising show in Aylesbury.

Harry Hill, Suzi Ruffell and Paul Chowdhry will join Jon Richardson and Russell Kane at the Waterside in April.

It's all to bring in cash for Muscular Dystrophy UK.

Money raised from the one-off show on 9th April 2020 will go towards pioneering research that could help hundreds of children and adults in the county living with muscle-wasting conditions.

  • Martin Hywood was diagnosed with Limb-Girdle muscular dystrophy in 1996, a condition which causes muscles throughout the body to weaken and waste, leading to increasing disability.
  • Jon Richardson met Martin over their shared passion for Leeds United F.C. 
  • The event will be held at Aylesbury's Waterside Theatre as Martin is from the town.
Martin Hywood
Martin Hywood

The evening of comedy will see Jon Richardson of 8 Out 10 Cats, Countdown and Ultimate Worrier fame and friends Russell Kane, Harry Hill, Suzi Ruffell and Paul Chowdhry.

Martin has created a video and will be sharing his experience of muscular dystrophy, his Family Fund Hywood's Heroes and the work that Muscular Dystrophy UK do. There will also be a raffle.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Hywoods Heroes, a fund Martin has set up to support the work of Muscular Dystrophy UK, giving vital emotional and practical support to families and funding pioneering treatment research.

Over a third of the tickets have already sold.

Hywood's Heroes have already raised more than £150,000 for Muscular Dystrophy UK with family friends taking part in fundraising activities ranging from walking a solitary mile, climbing Mount Snowdon and organising black tie balls, to signing up for the London Marathon next April.

Martin Hywood, Hywood's Heroes fundraiser said:

"It is so generous of Jon and all the comedians who have volunteered their time for this event to help others. That is what Hywood's Heroes is all about, doing what we can to help others, whether that's through funding scientific research to help find a cure for not just mine, but all muscle-wasting conditions or funding equipment to help people live well with muscle-wasting conditions.

"We're hoping to raise a lot of money at this event and we just couldn't have done it without everyone who has helped along the way."

Waterside Theatre
The gig will happen at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Jon Richardson, Comedian said:

"Martin has faced some unfathomable difficulties in his life. Times of almost relentless challenge and negativity that I don't fully understand how he got through. But enough about being a Leeds fan... Martin is a wonderful man and an exceptional fundraiser.

"I'm delighted to do my bit by asking a few friends to tit about on his behalf in aid of a fantastic charity. I can honestly say that if you are a fan of stand up comedy this will be as good a night as Aylesbury has ever seen."

Catherine Woodhead, Muscular Dystrophy UK CEO said:

"Martin Hywood is a truly amazing supporter of the charity having already raised over £150,000 to help others like him with muscle-wasting conditions. This evening will be a huge event in Muscular Dystrophy UK's fundraising calendar and we really hope that everyone gets behind it to support Martin and his Hywood's Heroes Fund. "

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