Comedian and Alzheimer’s Society Ambassador Jo Brand will headline a virtual comedy night with actor and comedian Hugh Dennis to raise funds for people living with dementia.
Joke’s on You, Dementia! Will be streamed online for free on March 11 at 7pm, with audiences invited to donate what they can to make a difference to the lives of people living with dementia.
Brand and Dennis, who will host the event, will be joined by a line-up of well-known faces from the comedy world, with more names to be announced soon.
Brand, who spent 10 years working as a psychiatric nurse, said: “After a completely horrendous 2020, and lockdowns continuing into this year – I think we’re all in desperate need of a little light entertainment.
“I really look forward to welcoming everyone on the night to come together and enjoy some comedy (all from the comfort of their own sofa!) to support people affected by dementia. In return, I promise a really good laugh and hopefully the best online meeting you will attend all year.”
Dennis said: “I’m really excited to be hosting Alzheimer’s Society’s online comedy night this coming March, and hope it will be something for everyone to put in their calendars to look forward to. We hope the night will bring a lot of laughter, and most importantly, a lot of donations to help Alzheimer’s Society continue to support people impacted by dementia. Given the impact of the pandemic, they need support now more than ever.’
Accounting for well over a quarter of all Covid-19 deaths in the UK, people with dementia have been worst hit by the virus.
Alzheimer’s Society’s services have been used more than 2.7 million times since the first lockdown began. Its Dementia Connect Support Line has heard from exhausted carers who are unable to get respite, reporting their loved ones are losing home and experienced an increase in their symptoms.
Kate Lee, chief executive of Alzheimer’s Society, said she hopes the comedy event will make a difference to people’s lives.
“We are delighted to have the brilliant Hugh Dennis and Jo Brand taking part in our virtual comedy night and we can’t wait to announce more familiar faces from the comedy world who are also taking part,” she added.
“Like all charities, our income has taken a huge blow due to the pandemic, while demand for our services has sky-rocketed – without the generosity of our supporters we simply cannot keep up. We hope many of you join us on Thursday 11 March and donate anything you can, because every penny can really make a huge difference and keep our services going to help a huge number of people and their families.”