COMEDY stars of the Edinburgh Fringe – including Josie Long and Perrier Award winning David O’Doherty – helped raise £1,200 for housing and homelessness charity Shelter Scotland with a one-off gig.
The charity’s LOLfest event drew a sell-out crowd at Edinburgh’s Summerhall, with a surprise performance on the night by The Pictish Trail and crowd-favourite Gordon McIntyre of ballboy.
Graeme Brown, Director of Shelter Scotland, said:
“Increasing numbers of households facing daily problems with housing and homelessness is no laughing matter. This comedy event however was the perfect antidote.
“The £1,200 raised will go a long way. It’s enough to help 120 families and individuals calling our national helpline.
“We’re grateful to everyone who made this year’s LOLfest a resounding success, from the performers who gave up their time, to Summerhall who kindly let us use the venue for free and of course comedy fans who came out in full support on the night.”
Comedian Josie Long said:
“This was a fantastic show for a great cause and I was over the moon to be asked to perform. Shelter Scotland’s work makes a real difference to the lives of families experiencing housing and homelessness issues and I was pleased to be able to do my bit.”
Notes to Editors:
1. Shelter Scotland provides expert support services, online advice and a free national helpline for everyone facing housing and homelessness difficulties. For advice and support visit http://scotland.shelter.org.uk or call 0808 800 4444.
2. Spokespeople are available for interview – call the media office on 0844 515 2442.
Shelter Scotland believes everyone should have a home. We help people find and keep a home. We campaign for decent housing for all.
Contact: Shelter Scotland