Head of Fundraising Takes the Mic to Stand Up Against Loneliness

20th November 2023

Mark Smith, Head of Fundraising, Development, and Engagement at Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care (SCCCC), is set to tackle loneliness in a unique way - through the power of stand-up comedy.

Mark will take centre stage at The Leadmill on December 10th, showcasing his comedic chops to raise funds for the local charity's mission of supporting isolated and lonely older people.


Mark Smith, known for his daring fundraising initiatives, ranging from 10K runs to trekking across the Sahara, is now stepping into the world of stand-up comedy. The seasoned philanthropist has braved sleep-outs, extreme assault courses, and even a fire walk, but this time, he's facing a different kind of challenge. 


The charity comedy night, organised by Ultra Comedy, offers participants a unique opportunity. Budding comedians undergo an intensive 8-week training course led by a professional comic, preparing them to perform live on stage in front of friends and family at a glamorous event. The event promises laughter and entertainment, all in the name of a good cause.


Mark shared his motivation for venturing into stand-up comedy, saying, "I wanted to do something that was outside of my comfort zone, and I think doing stand-up in front of a room full of people certainly ticks that box. Working at SCCCC, I have some understanding of what it must be like for older people who are isolated and alone. However, this last year has been pretty tough personally. My mum hasn't been well and has had a very challenging time which is still ongoing. So I've had a bit more of an insight than I expected about how rough it can be for older people, and the thought of those without any family or friends to help them breaks my heart."


SCCCC, with a legacy dating back to 1966, has been a pillar of support for isolated and lonely older people. Their free services extend a helping hand to individuals upon discharge from the hospital and in their own homes, offering timely support when they need it most. The charity works closely with health professionals across Sheffield and Doncaster, ensuring that support reaches those who need it in a timely manner.


Join Mark Smith on December 10th at The Leadmill for a night of laughter, camaraderie, and fundraising, as he stands up against loneliness in his own unique way. 


Tickets for the evening can be purchased via:  Ultra Comedy Sheffield - 10-12-2023 - Ultra Tickets write Mark Smith where it asks who you are supporting. NB the tickets cost £25 each and all the proceeds from the tickets cover the venue, photography, and videography costs. Only donations via Marks Fundraising page will go to SCCCC. 


If you would like to sponsor Mark for his challenge head to his Just Giving page here: Mark Smith is fundraising for SCCCC (justgiving.com)

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