Funny fundraiser helps Greenbank charity

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Samuel Serrano performing. Pic © Samuel Serrano

A Liverpool teenager is raising laughs as well as money after his sell-out show helped disabled charity, Greenbank.

Samuel Serrano, 18, raised £213.60 for the Liverpool-based organisation, after he celebrated his club’s opening night at Greenbank’s Time Out bar.

Samuel is no stranger to the Liverpool comedy circuit, having been performing since he was a 15-year old with a debut show at the Hot Water Comedy Club. He also did a gig at the Liverpool Echo’s Stand Up of the Year event last year, and despite not making it through the first heat, he is making waves with his material.

Comedians Adam Hughes, Mike Carter, Binty Blair and Spencer Montagu also performed unpaid and all the proceeds from the night went to the charity.

Local lad Samuel told JMU Journalism: “Despite a few technical issues like my mic falling out of its stand and onto my keyboard which started playing music like a possessed demon. It was one of the best evenings of my life.

“The fact that all that money was raised by a couple of people telling jokes is insane, and the money has to and always will go to charity because they are doing astounding work with disabled people up and down the city.”

Greenbank is a disabled support charity aiming to assist people from Liverpool and the surrounding area through education, employment and sport.

They offer inclusive learning opportunities for disadvantaged people and a sports centre that is owned and run by disabled people.

Elizabeth Brocklehurst, Marketing Manager at Greenbank, said: “It’s great when people approach us with the enthusiasm that Samuel has, with a completely new fundraising idea. He did a great job and his support is really appreciated.”

After the success of his first comedy night, he is set to host another in the near future in conjunction with the charity.

YouTube: Hot Water Comedy Club

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