Britain’s Got Talent winner and royal favourite the Lost Voice Guy will headline a comedy fundraiser to help disabled youngsters in the North East.
Lee Ridley, known as the Lost Voice Guy, will top the bill at Smile on the Tyne at The Exchange in North Shields on Sunday July 7th all for Smile For Life – a charity he is patron of.
The comedian, who has Cerebral Palsy and communicates through an electronic device, recently took part in the Royal Variety Performance, famously making the Duke and Duchess of Sussex Harry and Meghan laugh during his set.
Lee has also starred in Live at the Apollo, broadcast at the end of 2018 to the nation, and has just written his first book ‘I’m Only in it for the Parking: Life and Laughter from the Priority Seats’, but despite his fame has still vowed to make time for the charity very close to his heart.
Speaking about Smile For Life, he said: “I am really looking forward to performing at Smile on the Tyne. It will be a fantastic show in a beautiful venue and hope we can raise lots of money for Smile For Life. The charity does fantastic work and I am proud to be its patron.”
The comedian from Consett has been working closely with Smile For Life for three years to help disabled and disadvantaged young people in the region by providing specialist equipment, amazing experiences and work placements in the charity’s Café Beam.
He surprised guests at Smile For Life’s annual Ball in October 2018 with a video message congratulating the charity on all of its hard work.
Lee, who won Britain’s Got Talent in June last year, added: “It is incredibly important that young disabled people get all the help they need in life to succeed and Smile For Life is at the heart of that. I congratulate them on all their achievements so far.”
Lee will be joined by hilarious impressionists The Mimic Men, who got to the semi-finals of BGT in 2016, BBC presenter, comedian and Hebburn star Steffen Peddie, Funny Women Finalist and BBC Newcastle ‘Grin up North’ writer and performer Louise Young and one of Newcastle’s most famous stand-up comedians Gavin Webster.
Paula Gascoigne, chief executive of Smile For Life, said: “Lee has been our patron for almost two years now and we have been a huge fan of his work for a long time. He has inspired the young people our charity supports to achieve and overcome disability.
“We were delighted when he won Britain’s Got Talent, he now has a world-wide platform to perform and we are over the moon that he has still given up his time to headline our first comedy fundraiser.
“True to his word he is pledging to help support disabled people in the North East and our charity, which is very close to his heart.”
She added: “We would like to say a huge thank you to all of the comedians who are taking the time to perform in Smile on the Tyne, all for free, we couldn’t do any of this without them.”
The comedy extravaganza will have two shows on July 7th at The Exchange in Howard Street, one at 3pm suitable for families and one for 16s and over at 7pm.
Tickets are just £15, or £10 for concessions. A family ticket, for two adults and two children, is £45.
To buy tickets go to: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/theexchange?fbclid=IwAR20rHNdkcSAwaqshw2E2mevw8aqB2lX72A6t8nJijMit437x9XV8B-em5U
For more information on Smile For Life Children’s Charity and the work they do go to www.smileforlife.org.uk or search @SmileforlifeNE on social media.