Gig raises £1200 for homeless

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COMEDY stars of the Edinburgh Fringe, including Josie Long and Perrier Award winning David O’Doherty, have helped to raise almost £1200 for housing and homelessness charity Shelter Scotland with a one-off gig.

The charity’s LOLfest event drew a sell-out crowd at Edinburgh’s Summerhall, with a surprise performance on the night by The Pictish Trail and crowd-favourite Gordon McIntyre of ballboy.

Graeme Brown, Director of Shelter Scotland, said: “The £1200 raised will go a long way. It’s enough to help 120 families and individuals calling our national helpline.

“We’re grateful to everyone who made this year’s LOLfest a resounding success, from the performers who gave up their time, to Summerhall who kindly let us use the venue for free and, of course, comedy fans who came out in full support on the night.”

Comedian Josie Long added: “This was a fantastic show for a great cause and I was over the moon to be asked to perform.”