Jon Richardson, Angela Barnes and 8 other comedians to perform at fundraiser gigs for our charity

We are incredibly excited for two fundraiser comedy nights which will take place on November 18th and 19th to raise vital funds for our charity! Each evening will feature one celebrity stand up performer as well as 4 other local comedians, who are all donating their time to raise funds for our work. Each ticket comes along with a meal made entirely from surplus food!

The gigs, on November 18 and 19, will take place within our very own warehouse, where all the action happens- from food deliveries to picking orders to loading vans. The events were made possible thanks to local comedian Mark Olver.

Mark first came into contact with FareShare via his regular food-and-comedy night, Belly Laughs, who also host these two gigs. “FareShare are such an amazing charity – we wanted to raise money for them and to raise awareness of what they do,” Mark explains. “So, rather than just doing normal benefit gigs, we decided to actually put the gigs on in their warehouse.”

Jon Richardson (8 out of 10 Cats) will be headlining at our first gig on Monday 18th November

Of the two gigs, the first on November 18, featuring Jon Richardson and others, is sold out already; the November 19 gig, headlined by Angela Barnes, is an all-female bill, appropriately enough as the ticket sales will be split between FareShare and One25, a Bristol charity supporting women trapped in, or vulnerable to, street sex work.

As with his Belly Laughs nights, Mark had no problems putting together a decent lineup. “Aside from Angela, we’ve got some brilliant local comedians, plus [Irish comic, writer and podcaster] Gráinne Maguire. And you also get fed!! Juliet from Bosh Bristol is doing the catering, using surplus food given to FareShare, and local micro-brewery Lost & Grounded are providing a bar on the night.

Angela Barnes (Mock the Week, The News Quiz) will be headlining our second gig on Tuesday 19th November

“Spending time with FareShare, seeing how they work, seeing the sheer amount of food in their warehouse, and the huge number of volunteers that sort and deliver the food to organisations that need it, is amazing,” Mark enthuses.

The last remaining tickets for the gig on Tuesday 19th are available on Wriggle- they won’t last long! Click the link to get yours:

FareShare is the only charity to take food from the wholesale level of the food industry

The vast majority of surplus occurs before food even gets to the supermarket. Each member of the FareShare network rescues that food and delivers it to those in need. FareShare Go is our supermarket collection service, which deals with supermarket-level surplus.

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