Business bosses have a laugh for charity

Richard Walsh (right) collects his award from Tina Harrison of Weston Park and comedian Alfie Moore.
Richard Walsh (right) collects his award from Tina Harrison of Weston Park and comedian Alfie Moore.
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Eight brave business bosses swapped meetings for mirth and merriment as they stepped into the limelight for one night only as stand-up comedians.

Doncaster Racecourse was the venue for the night of laughs which saw a string of fledgling comics take to the stage for Funny Business Doncaster, a night aimed at raising money for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.

Colin Gaffney, Arnie Shelley, Gary Thickett, Mark Appleyard, Mark Beresford, Jonny Bucknall, Richard Walsh and Paul Fearn all bravely faced a 200-strong audience after a five-week coaching course with professional stand-up Alfie Moore.

They came under the watchful eye of Doncaster Council chief executive Jo Miller, Doncaster Chamber’s Andy McKenna and Coral Keers of Mode Magazine, who acted as the panel of judges to run the rule over all the hopefuls.

And Richard, aged 55, of Armthorpe, MD of Pennine Stone, eventually emerged triumphant after impressing the judging panel with a string of one liners.

He said: “It was terrifying. I’m used to speaking in public but I’ve never done anything like that before.”

n To support Weston Park Hospital’s campaign, donate money by texting FUNI13 followed by your donation sum to 70070 – eg FUNI13 £3.