A GROUP of funnymen were today setting off on a charity trek to raise funds for a hospital treating a town youngster in freezing conditions.
Around 30 comedians, led by Hartlepool’s Nick Banks, were today due to embark on a walk along the 84-mile length of Hadrian’s Wall, in Cumbria.
Along the way, they will be performing stand-up comedy at various venues over the next six nights, before a grand finale in Newcastle.
The comedy walk is being held to raise money for Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI), which has been treating Hartlepool three-year-old Harry Readman (pictured).
Harry, the son of Nick’s childhood pal Michael Readman, appeared in the Mail last year, when Michael described how his son is living with a ticking time bomb of chronic kidney disease, while facing a lifetime of dialysis.
Among the gaggle of comics taking part in the walk is Middlesbrough’s Pat Monaghan, who won ITV’s Show Me The Funny in 2011.
And he and the other walkers may be wishing they had picked a later date, given the recent icy conditions in Cumbria.
Nick, 35, said: “It will be cold and windy.
“But I’ve been so busy organising things I’ve not had the chance to stop and think about the actual walk.”
Pat said: “It’s crazy because we were originally going to camp out in tents, but now there is a plan to have a night in a hostel and another in a sports hall.
“Temperatures will be -4C, it will be like sleeping in a freezer.
“As a result we will have to wear more layers and I have had to invest in some proper walking boots instead of my trainers.
“Another comedian was going to take part wearing a mankini, but I think he will be giving that a miss.”
To sponsor the group, visit hadrianswallcharitywalk.weebly.com