Leeds man with Parkinson’s to host second fundraising comedy gig

Mark Wilson. Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.
Mark Wilson. Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.
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A live comedy event organised by a Leeds man with Parkinson’s disease is set to raise thousands for charity on Sunday.

Father-of-two Mark Wilson, from Beeston, has arranged his second Parkinson’s UK fundraiser and it will feature seven acts at Armley Liberal Club, in Armley Lodge Road, from 7pm.

Ben Lawes, Rick Hulse, Al C William, Jimmy O, Caimh McDonnell, Marshal B Anderson and Andy Askins will perform at the Leeds Comedy Extravaganza.

Mr Wilson had to quit work as a private hire driver in 2009 when doctors confirmed his headaches and poor reactions were signs he had developed the degenerative condition at the age of just 40.

His mobility worsened, living life in a wheelchair and on crutches, and led him to spend weeks unable to get out of bed.

But after going to comedy gigs helped him forget about his condition, he enlisted the support of a series of comics for his first Parkinson’s UK fundraiser in March and he raised over £2,250. In total he has now raised more than £4,000 for the charity.

Around 127,000 people in the UK are affected by Parkinson’s disease.

Tickets cost £10 each. Visit www.leedscomedyextravaganza.eventbrite.co.uk.

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