There’s nothing MFM enjoys more than helping out a good cause – throw in a bit of comedy and we’re there with bells on. So on Monday night we were to be found mingling with the stars at Baby Lifeline’s charity event at London’s renowned Comedy Store.
Popular actor Ben Kingsley (Ghandi, Shutter Island, Schindler’s List) kicked the night off by, well, basically by just being there – star struck doesn’t quite cover it! But he had a more important job than simply being there to gawp at, which was introducing Baby Lifeline’s Chief Executive, Judy Ledger.
The charity has been running since 1981 after Judy suffered the personal loss of three premature babies. All donations to the charity go towards providing hospitals with the equipment and training needed to help pregnant women and mums with premature babies. After a moving video the audience dug deep and donated to the charity (while enjoying some tasty nibbles of course!).
While the charity is doing amazing work, having raised over £1.5 million in a 10- year period, around 8,500 babies still die during or near the time of birth. So, in order to raise some much-needed funds, an array of international comedians took to the stage for our viewing pleasure.
Lots of well-known acts from the comedy circuit were there, including comedy panel regular Andi Osho and ex-Hollyoaks actor James Redmond. Our particular favourite was Canadian comic Phil Nichol, who after 14 years in London is still trying to learn how to be a Londoner (which apparently means being really angry, but never saying anything!). We also thoroughly enjoyed impressionist Simon Lipson, who explained how he fell a little flat at his daughters 10th birthday party when she demanded he “do Zac Efron”…
It was a priceless night of comedy and a healthy amount of donations were collected for a great cause. Our one complaint would be that our cheeks are still hurting from all that smiling!