Jon Long – or ‘Jonathan Longathan’

Almost £3,300 has been raised for the local charity Wight Brainy Bunch, thanks to the success of a comedy night at Ryde Fire Station.

Laughter filled the station’s appliance bay on Sunday evening as it was transformed into a comedy club for the special 1-night-only show, which raised a total of £3,259 from ticket sales, the bar and kind donations.

The event, which was appropriately entitled ‘Humours 4 Tumours’, featured comedians Jon Long, Sean Collins, Raymond & Mr Timpkins and Andy Askins. The Island’s very own Simon Howard was compere for the night.

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The comedy got off to a musical note with a rendition of Sir Tom Jones’ Deliah, performed by compere Simon Howard. It was to set the tone for the rest of the evening which continued in good spirits, with some can’t-be-repeated jokes about recycling and the WI…

Mark Grimes welcomes guests to the event

The Wight Brainy Bunch is the ‘brainchild’ of Mark and Kathryn Grimes who set up the charity following Mark’s life-changing diagnoses and treatment of a rare form of cancer. In 2015 the Island firefighter underwent an operation and is today back on the run and keeping Islanders safe.

Humours 4 Tumours was made possible thanks to the support of sponsors Novum Law, Wight Homes and iWightMove.

More information about the charity can be found at

Simon Howard kicks the evening off

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