Comedy show to help blood cancer patients to take place in Islington

A comedy show to help save the lives of those with a blood cancer will take place in Islington on Sunday night (23 October). It is being organized in support of DKMS, the blood cancer charity that recruits donors to help save the lives of those who need a blood stem cell donation. It is part of the Laugh For Life comedy series that is taking place in a range of venues across London.

The show takes place at The Doll’s House pub, Upper Street, Islington, and the line-up includes Josh Howie, Matthew Crosby, Ian Cognito and Carl Donnelly, while Aideen McQueen is hosting the event. The Laugh For Life comedy tour is aimed at raising awareness of the need for more people to register as potential blood stem cell donors with DKMS and to raise funds to help the blood cancer charity register more potential donors.

A blood stem cell donation is the only chance of survival for many blood cancer patients. Sadly, many patients will not find a matching donor. This isn’t because a match doesn’t exist, it’s simply because there aren’t enough people registered as donors. That is why DKMS works to increase the size and diversity of the blood stem cell registry.

The festival has been organized by comedian Roddy Fraser who feels that too many people are dying of blood cancer because matching blood stem cell donors can’t be found for them. He says:

“The drive for donors is a very, very important and direct way of dealing with a medical issue that could be potentially devastating. It's not an abstract thing, it's literally that one person might be able to save the life of another.”

The event starts at 7.30pm and tickets are £5 which can be purchased at