Oh yes he is! Andy Ford coming to Longwell Green

January 04 2022

Charlotte and her mum Rosemarie

Charlotte and her mum Rosemarie

COMEDIAN and panto legend Andy Ford is coming to Longwell Green for a one-night show for charity.
He has agreed to perform his Back In The Saddle stand up show for a reduced price to help raise funds for Pancreatic Cancer UK.
The show was originally planned for September 2020, but was postponed because of Covid restrictions. It will now take place on Saturday 9th April from 7.30 to 10.30pm, with tickets available for £15.
The visit is thanks to Kingswood resident Charlotte Skuse, who contacted Mr Ford directly to ask for his help.
Ms Skuse, 31, has been raising funds for the charity since losing her mother, Rosemarie, to pancreatic cancer three years ago, and has so far raised more than £3,000.
On 5th December 2018 Rosemarie was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and she died just over a fortnight later on 23rd December.
Ms Skuse, who works in social care admin, said: “When my mum was initially diagnosed we thought we’d raise money for her to have a procedure or drugs not available on the NHS.
“Because she died very quickly there wasn’t any time for this so we’ve been raising funds ever since to help other people with pancreatic cancer.
“It was a cancer I hadn’t really heard much about but it’s a lot more common than I thought. When I’m running fundraising events lots of people come up and tell me that they’ve lost relatives to pancreatic cancer too.”
Rosemarie’s death was all the more difficult to deal with because for 13 years anxiety prevented her from leaving the house.
It was only after illness meant she ended up in intensive care that she got a new lease of life and felt able to get out and about again.
Ms Skuse said: “When she was recovering in hospital she told us her favourite place was the beach in Weston.
“She said that when she got out she wanted to go there. From then on she left the house nearly every day. We went to beaches, shops, to the panto and over to Wales.
“We even got matching tattoos for Mum, me and my sisters.
“I missed out on so much when I was younger because we could never go places and I felt like I’d finally got my mum back. So losing her just over a year later was even more traumatic.”
To remember their mother, Ms Skuse and her siblings go to the panto at the Bristol Hippodrome every 23rd December. As luck would have it, when they went last month the star act was Andy Ford so they’ve seen him perform live just ahead of the Longwell Green event.
Ms Skuse said: “The most I’ve ever raised from one event is £500, so as long as I raise more than that from this event, after I’ve paid Andy’s fee, I’ll be happy.
“We’ve got the venue until midnight and there’ll be a bar as well as cakes and snacks too. Hopefully it will be a great night.”
Tickets for the show are available at: bit.ly/Andy-Ford