Audiences of the all female line-up comedy night, MY Comedy Birmingham, have raised over £4,000 for local charity, Birmingham and Solihull Women’s Aid.

The monthly comedy night was launched by comedian Maureen Younger in 2009, and MY Comedy Birmingham has been raising funds for BSWA through donations by its audience ever since. Their incredible generosity and support has now raised more than £4,000 for the charity.

BSWA supports local women and children who have been affected by violence and abuse in all its forms through a wide range of services including refuges, family support and help with civil and criminal legal proceedings.  Women can seek help through a free Helpline on 0808 800 0028 or through Drop-ins based around Birmingham and Solihull where women can get immediate support face-to-face with a specialist worker.

Maureen Connolly, Chief Executive of BSWA says:

“Demand on our services has never been greater.  The funds raised at MY Comedy nights provide us with fantastic support for our refuges, providing safe environments for women and children when they can be at their most vulnerable. MY Comedy Birmingham also helps raise awareness of our services and let women affected know that there is help and support available. The ongoing support of Maureen Younger and the audiences has been truly exceptional.”

MY Comedy nights aim to showcase and champion women in comedy and to provide performance opportunities to female comics in a warm and supportive atmosphere. Maureen Younger is the resident MC for the night.  Acts that have performed at the night include Sarah Millican, Mrs Barbara Nice, Shazia Mirza, Jo Enright and Zoe Lyons.  MY Comedy also runs nights in London and in addition, organises shows for the Shout Festival, Coventry Pride and the Bradford Literary Festival.