Some of the UK’s hottest new comedic talent have offered a helping hand to Ability Bow, as part of a fabulous fundraising night for our service – Take A Bow (for Ability Bow) – which was filled with laughs and magic in London Bridge on Tuesday 20 March.
Featuring winners and nominees for comedy awards - including BBC New Comedy Award 2017 winner Heidi Regan and So You Think You’re Funny? Award 2016 semi-finalists Mo Saffaf and Nathan Roberts, as well as rib-tickling sets from Jordan Gray and Adam Beardsmore - around 45 guests were also treated to the superb sorcery of magnificent magician Kyle Wallace on the spectacular night of fun.
Proceeds generated on the night - which was hosted at The Miller pub by one of the gym’s many inspiring Virgin London Marathon 2018 fundraisers, George Heslop - have already reached more than £400.
Funds raised at the comedy night all help to support our wide-ranging activities led by our fully qualified instructors, which include:
- Our DeafAbility sessions for people with hearing impairments
- Our NeuroAbility programme for people with neurological conditions including Parkinson’s and MS
- Our It’s Never Too Late sessions which support exercise for our older local members
George’s Fundraising Story
Consistently seeking and receiving regular voluntary support from our generous fundraisers, one of our latest campaigners includes Take A Bow (for Ability Bow)’s host - and one of our inspiring Virgin London Marathon 2018 runners - George Heslop.
Already raising an impressive total of more than £2,000 for Ability Bow - as part of his combined 2018 marathon preparations and comedy night efforts - the 32-year-old, who works in digital advertising, decided to run for Ability Bow after his father Nigel experienced a ‘life-changing’ stroke last year.
According to George, this left his father 90 per cent blind, while significantly reducing his independence and confidence - as he is unable to maintain his daily lifestyle without assistance.
George says: “The work Ability Bow is doing to help people with strokes and other disabilities is truly remarkable.
“My father’s stroke was one of the most heart-breaking and stressful 48 hours for him, my family and myself and thanks to the speed of the paramedics and great work of Carlisle’s Cumberland Infirmary - including Doctor Karn - my father fortunately still hasn’t lost any of his mobility, speech, or memory.
“Because of this, I decided to host the Take A Bow for Ability Bow comedy night - which went absolutely brilliantly - and run for this truly inspiring gym which gives people in similar situations to my father, confidence and a means to exercise in a safe and comfortable environment - so please help however you can to support this great service!”
Our Other Marvellous Marathon Runners
To find out more about George’s marathon running story and to sponsor him and Ability Bow’s other exceptional Virgin London Marathon 2018 runners, visit our London Marathon 2018 page.
Comedy Gig Support
Impressed with the Take A Bow for Ability Bow comedy fundraiser’s turnout and proceeds generated for the gym, Victoria Bow, Ability Bow Director and Founder, says: “We couldn’t be more proud of everyone who supported the Take A Bow fundraising night - including those who’ve generously donated by attending, our great hosts George and Dean (Threadgold) and the brilliant entertainment from Kyle and the wonderful comedians - who are definitely ones to watch out for.
“Thanks to everyone’s support at the event, we can continue to fund our person-centred and tailored services for our gym members.”
Discussing ways to get involved in fundraising for Ability Bow, Victoria adds: “I would encourage anyone with a connection or fondness for our gym to fundraise where you can, whether as a marathon runner, by organising a cake sale, or hosting a charity quiz night - we’d love to hear from you if you want to get involved!”
To find out how you can get involved with us at Ability Bow and fundraise for our unique service - or if you have an idea in mind that you would like to try - email the gym’s marketing and communications coordinator, Stuart Wilson, at: email@example.com.
Ways To Donate
If you would like to add your donations to the Take A Bow for Ability Bow fundraiser, you still can by simply visiting George Heslop’s marathon fundraising page (which is combining proceeds from the marathon campaign with the comedy night).
To make a general donation to Ability Bow, visit our Virgin Money Giving page.