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Funding boost for Liverpool comedy charity which found Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist

 

A LIVERPOOL charity which discovered a Britain’s Got Talent comedy star has received lottery cash to help unearth more hidden talent.

The Comedy Trust, where BGT semi-finalist Callum Oakley, 16, started his stage career, was awarded £6,550 from the Big Lottery Fund.

Callum, of Moreton, was branded “brilliant” by judge David Walliams when he appeared on the ITV1 show and is set to headline a show at the Liverpool Comedy Festival, organised by the Comedy Trust, next month.

The charity, which is backed by Merseyside comedians John Bishop and Les Dennis, will use the money for its Stand Out project – a series of school-based comedy workshops for young people in deprived areas.

Fundraising assistant Val Brady said: “This funding will mean we can reach kids aged 11-14.

“While we may uncover another comedy gem, this is all about improving confidence, self-esteem and communication skills for as many children as possible.

“The application was so straightforward and the money makes a real difference. I would definitely encourage other groups to contact the Big Lottery Fund.”

The grant came from the fund’s Awards For All scheme, which donated £775,000 to 88 North West projects in its latest round of funding.

Helen Bullough, Big Lottery Fund’s head of the North West region, said: “This project is fantastic and is just a drop in the ocean of good causes that the Awards For All programme has supported.

“There is plenty more funding to come and we want to hear from all community groups, charities and associations who may not realise just how quick and simple the application process is. The money is here so make sure you do not miss out.”




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