Thousands raised at HFS comedy event

Hundreds of people flocked to the De La Warr Pavilion last Friday (June 14) to enjoy stand-up performances from comedians Mark Thomas, Mark Steel, Josie Long, “Sir Ian Bowler MP” (Nat Tapley), Tiffany Stevenson, James Acaster and compere Ivor Dembina.

The event raised more than £9,000 for Hastings Furniture Service (HFS), which provides reused furniture at affordable rates for people on low incomes. It also collects donated furniture and electrical items throughout Hastings and Rother free of charge.

Naomi Ridley, from HFS, said: “People who were in the audience have been getting in touch and tweeting all week saying ‘Laughed so much it hurt!’ We’re delighted that everyone had such a good time and really grateful to everyone that supported the event.”

The comics enjoyed a tour of the HFS Bexhill store and were given goodie bags of produce donated by Judges Bakery, Hastings Brewery, John Bull Confectioners, Claire Fletcher, Martel Colour Print, Visionary Soap Company, De La Warr Pavilion and 1066 Cake Stand. Each comedian was made a personalised ‘slat-sign’ with the name of one of their shows, a favourite word or a quote – made from recycled bed-slats in the HFS workshops. The money will go towards the costs of craft and DIY skills sessions at women’s refuges in East Sussex. For more information about HFS, call 01424 441112.