A FATHER who organised a comedy gig for the charity that helped his son with special needs get into a specialist school is delighted with how it went despite some last minute stresses.

Jay Law, 42, who lives in Bexhill, organised the near sell-out gig at the Old Market in Upper Market Street, Hove with the help of his contacts in the comedy world.

The show was collecting money for Blatchington Court Trust, a charity who help blind and partially-sighted people, with over £3,000 raised on the night and nearly 300 people coming to watch the gig.

The charity helped Jay’s seven year-old, Arthur, with references to help ensure he got a place at St John’s School which specialises in caring for people aged between seven and 25 with special needs. The charity has helped the family since Arthur was born.

The line up featured plenty of well-known names in the comedy world, with Joe Wilkinson appearing as a special guest, along with John Kearns, Lou Sanders, Brett Goldstein, Laura Lexx, Lulu Popplewell and Maisie Adam, who stepped in last-minute as host.

Jay was delighted with how the event went, despite some last minute hitches involving rail replacement buses.

He said: “We had to rejig the line up a little bit, I got a message from Lulu Popplewell who was supposed to MC the show at about 12 o’clock the night before and the trains were all replacement bus services so were two and a half hours from Victoria.

The Argus: Jay and his son ArthurJay and his son Arthur

“We had a bit of a mad panic because everyone from London ended up driving so that’s why Maisie ended up being the MC so everyone from London could get back home in time.

“She stepped in and did such an incredible job. It was only arranged about 30 minutes before

“Everyone smashed their sets, I saw lots of people on Twitter saying they had become new fans of some of the acts. The feedback was really positive.

The Argus: The gig was called Lou Sanders and some chums - pictures courtesy of James Ennis PhotographyThe gig was called Lou Sanders and some chums - pictures courtesy of James Ennis Photography

“The charity were so pleased because they had never really had anyone put anything like this for them before.”

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