Stand-up shows, comedy nights and marathons - comedian Alistair Barrie has got fundraising covered. We found out how his training is going, and heard about his latest fundraising night, featuring Alan Davies and Sara Pascoe.
Back in August 2015, we featured comedian Alistair Barrie, who raised money for Breast Cancer Now with his show 'No More Stage 3' at the Edinburgh Fringe - a stand-up comedy show about his wife Emily’s breast cancer. Alistair began fundraising for Breast Cancer Now earlier in 2015 by running the Silverstone Half Marathon and is now gearing up to complete the Virgin London Marathon later this year.
We are delighted to report that in November Emily was told that she was NED - No Evidence of Disease. Emily is still going through drug therapy, and faces a final reconstruction operation, probably in May 2016.
Alistair says: “Cancer doesn't care who or when it strikes, so we still need to fund research, and I am running the London Marathon for Breast Cancer Now. If you'd like to make a donation that would be hugely appreciated.”
Alistair has just returned from touring his No More Stage 3 show in Australia, where the main marathon training tip he learned in Perth is don't go for a run around The Swan River at two o'clock in the afternoon during the hottest summer they've had since 1936. He says: “I don't know if you've tried running whilst effectively inhaling a hair dryer but it's not much fun.”
The first thing that Alistair did back in the UK was to stub his toe on the hoover while wandering around jet-lagged in the middle of the night, causing a slight hitch in his training. However, he’s off running with his dogs again, doing a half marathon at the end of March and says he is only mildly petrified at this point about running the Virgin London Marathon in April.
In between all of his training, Alistair also organised a Breast Cancer Now Comedy Fundraiser at the Hertford Theatre on 28 February 2016. The jam-packed evening featured a mixed bill of the funniest and finest comedians, including a performance from Alistair, plus Sara Pascoe, Mick Ferry, Robin Ince, and Alan Davies. The night had everyone in fits of laughter and raised the magnificent sum of £6,800 for breast cancer research.
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