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Charity benefits from Darlington Comedy Festival
A DISABILITY charity has received a boost in the form of a donation from the organisers of Darlington Comedy Festival.
Neil Jollie, owner of Hilarity Bites and one of the festival organisers, presented the cheque to Lauren Robinson, chief executive of Darlington Association on Disability (Dad).
The cheque presentation was planned as part of the 15th birthday celebrations for Dad’s independent living hub, which is being marked with a series of event and activities this week.
This is the second time Mr Jollie and Hilarity Bites have supported Dad through the festival, which includes a charity gala performance each year.
Comedian Lee Ridley visited the independent living hub to talk about his experiences of being a disabled person in the comedy industry.
Mr Jollie said: “I was delighted that we raised a great deal of money for local charities.
“When we started promoting comedy in Darlington, we wanted to bring the best comedians to the town, while also helping the community.
“In supporting Dad by bring acts like Justin Moorhouse and Tim Vine to a very appreciative Darlington audience, we've certainly met our goal.”
Ms Robinson added: “Donations like this make a huge impact on an organisation like ours, and we thank Hilarity Bites for their continued support.
“It assists us in ensuring continued excellent support and services for disabled people in Darlington through projects like the independent living hub and our underfunded Shopmobility service."
Events planned as part of the 15th birthday celebrations run until October 24 and include jewellery-making, art workshops and disability equality training.
The free activities are open to all. To book, call 01325-254840.
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