Comic Jason Cook and npower raise laughs and charity cash for Macmillan

Comedian Jason Cook helped raise �10,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support with a comedy gig at Rainton Meadows Arena.

Comedian Jason Cook helped raise �10,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support with a comedy gig at Rainton Meadows Arena.

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A Sunderland-based energy provider helped raised laughs and charity cash for cancer patients.

The firm npower teamed up with funnyman Jason Cook to raise £10,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Comedian Jason Cook with cancer survivor Ally Henshaw at npower's LOL gig at Rainton Meadows Arena which raised �10,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Comedian Jason Cook with cancer survivor Ally Henshaw at npower's LOL gig at Rainton Meadows Arena which raised �10,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The npower LOL Gig saw 500 people come together at Rainton Meadows Arena, in Houghton, on Wednesday, in aid of the good cause.

Jason, creator of BBC2 sitcom Hebburn, was joined on stage by fellow comic and Hebburn star Steffen Peddie, Phoenix Nights actor Justin Moorhouse and comedian Paul Tonkinson who is currently touring with Michael McIntyre.

Jason said: “What an incredible turn out. Thank you to everyone who came along to show their support, thanks to you we raised lots of laughter and plenty of cash for Macmillan.

“I did a TV advert for npower a while ago and while we were shooting it we were talking about their partnership with Macmillan and I said I’d be happy to help out if they were ever doing a fundraising gig in the North East and they took me up on the offer.

My dad and gran both died of cancer so it’s a cause very close to my heart and Macmillan is a great organisation.

Jason Cook

“I gathered the best comics I could think of and they all jumped at the chance to help out.

“My dad and gran both died of cancer so it’s a cause very close to my heart and Macmillan is a great organisation.”

Steffen added: “I was more than happy to get involved when Jason asked me.

“It’s a great organisation and a charity that I’ve supported a lot and I jumped straight at the chance to help out.”

The fundraising evening also saw cancer survivor Ally Henshaw take to the stage to share her story with the audience.