Comedians, personalities and television stars have joined forces to fight food poverty and encourage donations for Hackney Food Bank Warehouse.
The brains behind the charity event, held at the Bill Murray Angel Comedy Club in Angel, London, was hilarious, and This Way Up actress Aisling Bea said she hopes to raise awareness of “how bad things are” because of the cost. living crisis
Speaking to Sky News with Barry Ferns, creative and managing director of The Bill Murray, Bea said: “During quarantine I became friends with one of the ladies, Tanya, who runs the Hackney food bank, and she is simply amazing.
“The need for food banks has grown so dramatically over the past year that something like this has connected with the community and intersected with comedy.
“This is something that both Barry and I care deeply about.”
Talking about the importance of food banks in particular, Bea added: “Many people and families have kneeled down over the last few years, and the people at food banks and the Trussell Trust are often their only line of defense.
“I think physically donating something puts a lot more weight on what we’re trying to promote, the work that trusts and food banks do.
“It’s not just about the people and donations who run it, but how emotionally draining it is. Governments everywhere are lucky to have these charities, instead treating them as temporary crisis centers for many people and regions, not the director’s. and a long-term way to survive.
“Food banks are not going anywhere and [the government] At some point they will have to support them.”
“Inverted Santa Claus”
The concept of “reverse Santa” was at the center of the event, where the public donated food to the cause instead of buying gifts from the bearded man.
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Mr. Ferns added: “It was great. Even for the aides alone, we had 50 different people coming in to help. It also really humiliated the number of well-known comedians, actors and actors who got on board and wanted to be here.
“People don’t realize how necessary food banks are. It’s so embarrassing to ask for something and you don’t realize it unless you’re given the opportunity to do it. It’s a sense of generosity.”
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A number of award-winning comedians, TV presenters and actors, including Jessie Buckley, Ben Whishaw, Nish Kumar, James Acaster, Joel Dommett and Ed Gamble, joined in to greet guests, thank their donations and smile for a festive selfie.
‘Father Nishmas’ – Acaster, who attended Kumar in a Santa costume, said, “When you get the opportunity to do something like this, it’s good to take it with both hands and really do it.” beard and glasses.
“I didn’t know this was going to be such a social event, so it doubled as a nice get-together with lots of old friends.”
“Very festive,” Kumar interrupts. “People bring a lot of food, that’s really positive.
“Billy Murray has been keen to mingle with the local community since he started and they do a lot of business here, so it makes sense for them to be involved. Good people.”