Balamory star Miles Jupp heads Glasgow comedy show to raise money for charity

A host of comedy stars will this week perform in a one-off show featuring Balamory favourite Miles Jupp to raise money for those struggling with addiction, disabilities and mental health.
The gig at Glasgow’s Citizens Theatre, Miles Jupp Hosts a Night of Comedy, will be headlined by comic Jupp, who shot to fame playing Archie in the hit CBeebies children’s series and has since become a household name starring in The Thick of It, Mock the Week and Have I Got News For You.

It will also star comic favourite Fred MacAulay and former Comedian of the Year, Mark Nelson.
The event, part of Glasgow’s International Comedy Festival, has been spear-headed by actress Maggie Service to raise funds for the Preshal Trust, a charity backed by Sir Alex Ferguson to help people living in Govan, Glasgow.
Sir Alex Ferguson, the legendary former Man United and Aberdeen manager, grew up in Govan, and has been heavily involved in the growth of the charity. However Maggie, who has played roles in Doctor Who and Miranda, would like more recognition for the “community”.
She said: “It has really developed over the years, it only started as a small hall in Govan”.
Alex Ferguson, she said, is still “very much a supporter”.

The Preshal Trust works to support people suffering from the effects of addiction, disability and mental health issues.
Maggie said: “It brings in people who would never normally meet each other, whether they only need a cup of tea or are suffering more… it has a very family sense about it”.
Maggie revealed when she met Jupp to chat about fundraising he helped inspire her to organise the comedy show.
She said: “We just got on really well from day one.
“Miles said to let him know if he could help. I expected him to only come in and read some of his book, and he said ‘no, we can do something great’”.
The Preshal Trust now offer classes such as art, cookery and karaoke nights. Funding over the years means they now have the facilities to do this, with hopes to build a community garden if they receive enough donations.
Maggie hopes this week’s event will help raise some of these well needed funds.
She said: “What I’m after is just a night of fantastic comedy that raises some dosh for an amazing cause”.
**Miles Jupp Hosts a Night of Comedy is on Tuesday 20th March at Glasgow’s Citizen’s Theatre
For tickets go to http://www.glasgowcomedyfestival.com/shows/2157

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