Comedy Stars raise a laugh for Integrated Education


A top line-up of comedy performers joined forces in the London Irish Centre last Friday (2 November) to raise awareness and money for the Integrated Education Fund.

The show was hosted by comedian and actress Wendy Wason and comedy stars Ed Byrne, Andrew Maxwell, Lou Sanders, Luke McQueen and Alice Fraser all gave up their time in support of the Fund.

As well as bringing some of the UK and Ireland’s best-loved comedy acts together, the night also highlighted the reconciliation and understanding that comes from educating children together regardless of their religion, race and cultural identity.

Comedy stars raise a laugh for Integrated EducationWendy Wason said:
“My husband, Stephen Hagan, is from Northern Ireland and is a long-standing supporter of integrated education there. After attending a couple of IEF events with him I knew I wanted to do something to support their amazing work. Northern Ireland has made so much positive progress over recent years but we need to do what we can to support efforts to sustain and build on it. That’s why I’m so pleased to do my bit for the IEF.”

Integrated Education Fund Campaign Fundraiser, Paul Collins added:
“As well as expressing enormous gratitude to Wendy, who has been the driving force behind the event, I want to convey a big ‘thank you’ to all the acts who generously gave their time and talent to help us. It was a really good night and from the laughter generated I would say the whole audience would agree with me. The turnout for the show demonstrates the great support for integrated education from the Irish community in London.

Commenting on the great line-up for the show, IEF Chief Executive Tina Merron said:
“Thank you Ed, Andrew, Wendy, Luke, Alice and Lou for supporting our work and ‘standing up’ for what we do.   It was a fantastic night out with a great cast and all the money raised will be supporting the growth of integrated education in Northern Ireland.”

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