Tickets for a city gig hosted by top comedian Kevin Bridges to raise money for motor neurone disease have been snapped up within just half an hour of going on sale.
The comedy gala, set to be held at the Festival Theatre later this month, is expected to raise thousands for Edinburgh University’s Euan MacDonald Centre for MND Research.
The award-winning comedian said the event was a “personal tribute” to a friend who died from the disease just a few years after his diagnosis.
Tickets for Kevin Bridges and Friends, which went on sale at 10am yesterday, were sold out within just 30 minutes.
Bridges said: “I’m delighted that the show has sold out and delighted that we’ll be raising some serious money for the Euan MacDonald Centre, as well as making people aware of the great work they do and aware of MND and the ongoing research into such an awful condition.
“My friend, Robert Paulley, was diagnosed with MND and passed away only a few years later, and this gig is a personal tribute to him, his friends and family, as well as anyone else fighting this brutal condition and their friends and family.
“I’ve put a great line-up together and it will be an excellent night of stand-up.”
Taking place on November 24, the show is set to feature an exclusive line-up of big-name comedians – including controversial comic Frankie Boyle and TV regular Rich Hall, as well as Katherine Ryan and Gary Little.
Motor neurone disease is a debilitating illness that occurs when parts of the nervous system become damaged, causing progressive weakness and muscle wasting. The symptoms begin gradually over weeks and months and get progressively worse.
There is currently no known cure for the disease, but the Little France-based Euan MacDonald Centre works to advance research into the condition and improve the lives of patients living with it.
Former investment banker Euan launched the centre with his dad, Donald, after being diagnosed with MND when he was 29.
The father-of-two, now 39, said: “We are over the moon that Kevin is doing a show to support research at the centre. He is the best comedian around and his backing will help achieve the goal we all share – finding treatments for MND. I can’t thank him enough. I’m also really looking forward to the gig.”
Professor Siddharthan Chandran, director of the Euan MacDonald Centre, said: “The centre’s mission is to improve the lives of patients living with motor neurone disease.
“The work began in 2007 thanks to the generosity and vision of Euan MacDonald, MBE and his father, Donald MacDonald, CBE. It continues today through the goodwill of our growing number of supporters such as Kevin Bridges, to whom we are immensely grateful.”