Comedian and Southport Comedy Festival director Brendan Riley

Tickets have now completely SOLD OUT for the forthcoming Disco Bingo night at this year’s 2022 Southport Comedy Festival – while tickets for the Comedy Bingo Night are selling well! 

Disco Bingo is the first event to sell out at this year’s Festival with four other shows very close to capacity, as people snap up tickets to bring some cheer to the darkening autumn days. 

Audiences are now being invited to book their tickets for a special Comedy Bingo evening which takes place on Thursday, 6th October 2022, which is being held to raise money for a great local cause – Queenscourt Hospice. 

Tickets are available on the southportcomedyfestival.com/whats-on website. 

It is being hosted in honour of Doctor Shorna Warren (Senior Speciality Doctor in Palliative Medicine), Kristina Ackers (Ward Sister of the In-Patient Unit) and Alison Fossard (PA to Queenscourt’s Medical Director).

The three intrepid fundraisers are currently in training to take on the famous Wadi Rum Desert Trek Challenge to raise funds for the charity. 

Southport Comedy Festival Director Brendan Riley said: “If you have never been to a comedy bingo night before, you’ll love it! They’re great fun. 

“We have been running them since 2015 and they are really popular. 

“People there will be able to enjoy a night of good wholesome fun, excitement and a decent game of bingo, which is suitable for everyone from 16 year olds to your Nan! 

“Tickets for Southport Comedy Festival are building well, with Disco Bingo already sold out and four other shows now teetering on selling out. 

“This is very much comedy festival season. People are booking indoor entertainment and as nights are drawing in, are looking for something good to really brighten their days this autumn, giving them something really good to look forward to. 

“We are so pleased to be supporting Queenscourt Hospice with this event. Everyone across Southport, West Lancashire and Formby has been touched by their care and support for loved ones, friends or family members by the excellent Queenscourt team at some point in their lives. What they do there is amazing. 

“Like other charities, Queenscourt Hospice has seen its funding impacted by the past three years of the Covid pandemic, and they need our support more now than ever.” 

Doctor Shorna Warren, Kristina Ackers (Ward Sister) and Alison Fossard (PA to Dr Groves) are taking on the Wadi Rum Desert Trek Challenge in November 2022 to raise funds for Queenscourt Hospice in Southport

Doctor Shorna Warren, Kristina Ackers (Ward Sister) and Alison Fossard (PA to Dr Groves) are taking on the Wadi Rum Desert Trek Challenge in November 2022 to raise funds for Queenscourt Hospice in Southport

The Comedy Bingo is being held in honour of Doctor Shorna Warren,  Kristina Ackers and Alison Fossard, who have each chosen to self-fund an intense challenge which will see them trekking from Petra in Jordan, through the Wadi Rum Desert, which means that all proceeds donated will go towards Queenscourt Hospice. 

The trio will be walking up to eight hours per day, for six consecutive days in temperatures as high as 35 degrees, passing through sand dunes, rocky corridors, deep canyons and stone stairs. 

They will be foregoing everyday luxuries choosing to sleep in tents at night alongside desert scorpions, vipers and other critters! 

Before they fly out, they will be the star guests at the Comedy Bingo night, as part of the Southport Comedy Festival, on Thursday, 6th October 2022. 

It will be held inside a luxury heated and seated marquee at Victoria Park from 7pm. 

Tickets are now on sale so why not get a group of friends and family together for this highly interactive show hosted by comedian Brendan Riley. 

Collectively, Shorna, Kristina  and Alison have worked at Queenscourt for over a decade and see first-hand the positive impact that donations to the hospice make. 

The charity cares for around 2,000 families from around West Lancashire, Southport and Formby every year. 

Queenscourt receives less than 20% of the funds needed from NHS sources and the rest is from charitable contributions. Keeping Queenscourt in service costs £444 an hour or almost £4million per year. 

The trio have already smashed their fundraising target of £1,500 and so far have raised over £4,600! Any contribution, no matter how small, is hugely appreciated. All money raised will go towards the provision of care to patients. 

If you would like to donate, please visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/queenscourtwadirum 

Or contact the friendly Queenscourt Hospice fundraising team on: fundraising@queenscourt.org.uk 

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