Laugh For Life - London comedy tour to help blood cancer patients

A comedy tour of London to help save the lives of those with a blood cancer will take place this Autumn and Winter. 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. The Laugh For Life comedy series will take place over four nights in four different London locations.

The first event will take place at The Bedford pub in Balham on September 25, 2016, the second will take place at The Doll’s House pub, Islington on October 23, 2016, the third at the Hackney Picturehouse on November 27, 2016, and the final event will take place at Battersea Barge pub, Battersea on January 29, 2017.

Each night will have a completely different line-up of some of the top stand-up comedy talent in the UK, including Richard Herring, Josh Howie and Sara Pascoe. Some of the comedians are taking part because they have a personal experience of blood cancer such as Matt Price, who is performing at the festival because his aunt died of blood cancer.

Matt says: “My Auntie Shirley had blood cancer. She was an inspiring woman and when I was offered the gig, I thought of her. I'm very happy to play a small part in helping a charity that is doing so much good.”

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 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.

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.”

Thanking Roddy for organizing the comedy tour, Diane Smith from DKMS said: “A huge thank you to Roddy for organizing this amazing comedy tour. It is a wonderful way to raise awareness of the importance of more people registering as potential blood stem cell donors as well as valuable funds for the charity. Helping to save lives as you have a great night out is a fantastic combination!”

Tickets for each night are £5 and can be purchased at dkms.org.uk/en/laugh-for-life which includes details of the full line-up for the festival.