TV comedians join cancer fundraiser

First published in News Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter covering Rose Hill, Iffley and Littlemore. Please call me on (01865) 425422

WHEN bowel cancer sufferer Dean Laidler lost his friend Lisa Dempsey to the disease, he decided to help raise money to try to find a cure.

Mr Laidler, a chef and amateur DJ, from Kennington, died in February 2012, aged 31, after battling the disease for seven years.

Now his siblings have picked up his fundraising baton and are bringing the fight against cancer to Oxford next month with a comedy and cabaret night, The Bowel Variety Performance, at Freud Cafe, on Oxford’s Walton Street.

His sister Carla Prosser is organising the event with brother Greg Laidler and a group of friends.

Dean Laidler met Ms Dempsey through an online support group and organised the DJs v the Big C event at London’s Ministry of Sound in February 2010 following her death, raising £4,500.

Mrs Prosser said: “Back in 2010 when we did the DJ v the Big C event, although it was good, it was restricted in who could go.

“A six- or eight-hour danceathon didn’t really appeal to everyone and we wanted to see how we could get people from a wider demographic.

“The Bowel Variety Performance is a way to get people together.”

The show will feature comedians including Andrew Bird, who has written for 8 Out Of 10 Cats and Mock the Week, and Paul Tonkinson, who has appeared on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow.

All proceeds from the event will go towards the charity Beating Bowel Cancer.

Mrs Prosser, who works for VTech Toys in Abingdon, said it had been easy to get the stars on board.

She said: “I pretty much got everyone through Facebook.

“Facebook can get a private message very close to somebody who you wouldn’t normally be able to speak to.

“I explained the whole story and everybody’s response back to me was that we have all been touched by cancer.

“It is good to do something which puts money back in and give money to research.”

Mrs Prosser said she hopes to raise £5,000 and is well on the way to that total, with seated tickets already sold out.

She said: “Dean really did always have hope. Right up to the last minute he had hope. He did a very good job of convincing other people that he was okay.

“Because Dean was so young the real message is if there are any other under-60-year-olds out there who show symptoms they should go to the doctor.

“Even if it is just one person (who goes) that is a good thing really.”

Standing tickets for The Bowel Variety Performance cost £16 from wegottickets.com/event/28540 For the symptoms, go to beatingbowelcancer.org

  • Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS or SPORT or NEWS AND SPORT, depending on which services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone's contacts as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.

Send your Letter to the Editor: What do you think? We welcome letters from our readers on a wide variety of subjects and you can send us a letter for publication here

11:20am Monday 28th July 2014

What do you think? We welcome letters from our readers on a wide variety of subjects and you can send us a letter through the blue headline above.


Our top stories

Cuts and rising care demands putting more children at risk

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Tuesday 30th June 2015

THE man in charge of the county’s children’s services has warned a surge in cases on the back of Operation Bullfinch and other child abuse scandals is leading to huge pressure on his department.

Update: Tunisia beach massacre victim being treated at Oxford hospital after being flown back to RAF Brize Norton

Oxford Mail:

10:36am Tuesday 30th June 2015

ONE of the victims of the Tunisian beach massacre is being treated at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

Mourners pay their respects to much-loved Aown Dogar

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Tuesday 30th June 2015

A TEENAGER who was the “life and soul” of his family was given a heartfelt farewell from hundreds of mourners yesterday.

Get the suncream ready as a heatwave hits Oxfordshire

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Tuesday 30th June 2015

A MINI heatwave will hit Oxfordshire this week, with temperatures set to reach 30C tomorrow.

Police call on charities for help supporting victims

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Tuesday 30th June 2015

CHARITIES and voluntary organisations could increasingly help Thames Valley Police tackle crimes such as rape in the future, the force’s new chief constable has said.

Ceremony honours veteran ‘whose colour saved his life’

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 30th June 2015

A BLACK RAF veteran who said his skin colour saved his life in Nazi-occupied Europe will be remembered at a ceremony in Thame today.

 

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree