Charity walk along Hadrian’s Wall will raise a few laughs

Fundraiser and comedian Nick Banks on the previous comedy walk
Fundraiser and comedian Nick Banks on the previous comedy walk

A COLLECTIVE of comics are set to step out once again to raise serious charity cash.

Around 25 comedians, led by Hartlepool man Nick Banks, 34, are taking part in a comedy walk, which takes in 84 miles along the length of Hadrian’s Wall over eight days and sees them putting on comedy gigs at various venues along the route.

Last year, the group raised just over £5,000 for Newcastles’ Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI), which has been treating four-year-old Harry Readman, from the town, who suffers from kidney disease.

This time round, the comics are doing the walk in aid of the Ovacome ovarian cancer charity, after comedian Matthew Fong’s mum Alison, from Doncaster, died from the illness in 2012.

The walk, in Alison’s memory, will take place from May 1-8, as the group has learned to choose warmer climes after last year’s trek, in March, saw them camping out in minus temperatures.

Former soldier Nick, who lives in the Rift House area and promotes the Rib Ticklers comedy club at Flix Movie Cafe, in Church Square, said: “Hopefully we will have better weather this year, and we have added an extra day as 19 miles a day was a killer.”

More than 1,000 people enjoyed the comedians’ gigs along the way last year.

Among the comics taking part are Patrick Monaghan, who featured on ITV’s Splash and Show Me The Funny, as well as Seymour Mace, who has featured on BBC3 sitcom Ideal and will be headlining Rib Ticklers at Flix on Friday, March 7.

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