Hospice fund-raiser a laughing matter

14 February 2011
A fund-raising event for a children's hospice attracted the cream of British comedy and music.

Comedy stars including James Corden, multiple British Comedy Award winner Miranda Hart and Jimmy Carr joined forces on Tuesday 8 February to raise funds for Helen & Douglas House. Radiohead drummer Phil Selway turned frontman for the evening and played tracks from his album 'Familial'.

The East Oxford hospice provides respite and end of life care for children and young adults with life-shortening conditions. 

Childish Things, its annual comedy and music festival, is now in its seventh year. 

The event has become a firm fixture in Oxford's social calendar, with tickets selling out before the line-up was even confirmed.  

The event goes some way towards the £4.5m a year it costs to run Helen & Douglas House. 

Helen House was the world's first children's hospice and was founded by Sister Frances Dominica in 1982. Douglas House opened in 2004 as is the world's first hospice specifically for young adults aged 16 to 35.

To find out more about Helen & Douglas House, visit helenanddouglas.org.uk

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