Some of the UK’s best comedy names have backed a young Kirkcaldy man’s campaign to raise money to find a cure for Motor Neurone Disease (MND).
Gordon Aikman, the director of research at Better Together, has already achieved cross party political support and now a fundraising stand-up comedy night is being held during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to raise money for MND Scotland.
The move comes after the 29-year-old recently revealed he had been diagnosed with MND, inspiring people to raise more than £38,000 for the charity which supports those affected by the condition.
The show, “Stand Up Against MND”, will see alternative comedy legend, star of BBC’s “Grumpy Old Men” and Radio 4 regular, Arthur Smith, line up with TV comedy star, Sara Pascoe (Live at the Apollo, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Mock the Week, Twenty Twelve) and Fringe festival favourite Patrick Monahan (winner of ITV’s “Show Me the Funny” 2011) for a night of five star comedy to raise money to fund a cure for Motor Neurone Disease.
It is being held at the Leith Dockers club on Tuesday, August 19 from 8.00 p.m.
Gordon said: “It’s amazing to have such big names backing my campaign to fund a cure for MND. The cure is out there, we just need to fund the research to find it. Not only will this gig guarantee a great night out, it will raise much-needed funds for a vital cause.
“MND is a death sentence for me, but with your help it needn’t be for future generations.”
Patrick Monahan said: “This is not only a show to raise laughter and fun, but also to raise awareness and money for the amazing work done by MND Scotland to find a cure for anyone suffering from the aggressive Motor Neurone Disease.
“Together we can move a step closer to finding a cure. Bring your laughter and your purses and wallets to the show!”
Arthur Smith said: “What Gordon’s doing is pretty amazing. Come along, show your support, have a laugh and help fund a cure for MND.”
Sara Pascoe added: “I just want to do what I can to help everyone affected by MND and that involves raising money for research, because it’s the only way a cure can be found.”
Iain McWhirter, head of fundraising and volunteering at MND Scotland, said: “The amount of publicity and support for Gordon’s Fightback has been incredible, and MND Scotland is delighted to be part of this fantastic show at the world’s biggest arts festival.”
Tickets are available online at: standupagainstmnd.eventbrite.co.uk or by calling: 07879874086. £10 early bird tickets before August 1 and £12 thereafter. On the night tickets will cost £15 at the door.