A COMEDY legend has brought smiles to a North-East hospice by making a generous donation towards its important work.

Roy ‘Chubby’ Brown, whose real name is Royston Vasey, visited Butterwick Hospice in Stockton, entertaining patients and staff, and presenting a cheque for £5,000.

The comedian, who grew up not far away in Grangetown, Middlesbrough, said: “I try to pick different charities and spread money around, because it can’t all be self, self, self – it’s important to me to help others.

“It’s been great visiting Butterwick, everybody’s got smiling faces, and the North-East is still home for me. Years ago, I was told I had cancer on my vocal chords, and I was terrified. Luckily, I was ok and I’m still here, but any of us might end up in a hospice one day, so it’s a very good cause to support.”

As well as having photos taken and sharing jokes with patients and staff, Chubby also made an impassioned plea, encouraging the public to support the charity.

“Please, please support the Butterwick. If you see them out with the tins or in the shops, give them a few bob,” he said. “At the end of the day, you’re helping others, and you’ll feel good about yourself.”

The 74-year-old comic, who is famous for his political incorrectness and trademark flying helmet on stage, is preparing for another tour of the UK with his live stand-up show.

Ahead of theatre gigs all over the country, he will be performing at the Corporation Club in Hartlepool on Thursday, March 14, and at the Thornaby Sports & Leisure on Friday, March 15.

Jo Wallis, Head of Marketing and Fundraising, said: “We are delighted that Roy came in and spread laughter and joy throughout the hospice.We are incredibly touched at the very generous donation received.

“It’s through this level of incredible generosity that we are able to continue to provide help when its needed most.”