Top comic Romesh hosts show for Crawley boy with life-limiting illness

Romesh Ranganathan with the Elkington family
Romesh Ranganathan with the Elkington family

A comedy gig was held to raise money for a Crawley boy with a life-limiting illness.

Top comic Romesh Ranganathan’s gig at The Hawth on Tuesday (October 20) raised £11,647.99 the boy’s family and Muscular Dystrophy UK.

Broadfield dad-of-three Romesh hosted the event after learning his friend John Elkington’s son Noah, 5, had Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Romesh, who swapped teaching maths at Hazelwick School for stand-up comedy, said: “I hope that what we do helps little Noah live the most fulfilling life he possibly can.

“Muscle-wasting conditions are something that I myself had only recently become fully aware of, and in particular, the fact that there are so many different types. I am delighted to be able to be involved in an event to raise both funds and awareness for people living with these conditions.”

Noah lives with his mum Victoria, dad John and two older sisters, Keira and Summer in Shipley Road, Ifield.

Most children with his muscle-wasting condition will use a wheelchair by the age of 12 and do not live to 30.

The sold-out gig drew an audience of 850 and saw sets from Jon Richardson, Russell Kane, Stephen Grant, Tom Allen, Simon Evans and Suzi Ruffell.

John said: “We are so grateful to Romesh, and the other comedians who gave up their time to be part of the event.

“There was a brilliant atmosphere and all the jokes all went down really well!

“Thank you to everyone who came along to show their support, it really means so much to our family.”

He added: “Noah is currently having a new bedroom and bathroom built on the ground floor of our home. We hope to decorate it in the style of Super Mario, his favourite game.

“Money raised from the gig will allow us to do this, and also to have funds ready for Noah’s future needs.

“It will also help Muscular Dystrophy UK to fund vital research into developing treatments for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.”

Muscular Dystrophy UK provides vital support for the 70,000 children and adults in the UK living with muscle-wasting conditions and funds promising research into treatments and cures.

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