Charity stand up raises the roof - and £18,000 - at Sheffield City Hall

Alfie Moore and Funny Business 2015 winner Greg Naylor
Alfie Moore and Funny Business 2015 winner Greg Naylor

Taking to the stage to do comedy for the first time is no joke - as six brave volunteers discovered.

But they brought the house down at the fourth ‘Funny Business’ event in aid of Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.

Hundreds of people attended the event at the Memorial Hall, helping to push takings to £18,000.

Mentored by copper-turned-comedian, Alfie Moore, for five weeks ahead of the event, the six all put in polished performances - as well as raising £1,000 each.

But in the end, the judges felt ‘bottom doctor’ - consultant gastroenterologist Greg Naylor - had the edge over fellow contestants: Michele Phillips, director of law firm Lupton Fawcett Denison Till, George Forsyth, Napoleons Casino general manager, Andrew Howard, One Health medical director, magazine owner Phil Turner and retired GP Brendon Swales.

Alfie said: “If Greg Naylor wanted to give up his day job, he would definitely cut it as a top rate comedian.”

Tina Harrison, deputy director of the charity, said: “It was a fantastic fundraiser and a genuinely funny night.

“It is so brilliant the way the contestants commit to it. I take my hat off to them, it takes real guts, they went above and beyond to support the charity.

“It’s an event they will never forget, many say it’s the best thing they have ever done. It benefits them in business because nothing can ever phase them again - they’ve made 300 people laugh at Sheffield City Hall.

“We’ve already got three big hitters signed up for next year - the word is getting out.”

Funny Business was supported by One Health, the Hampton by Hilton, Antony Oxley photography, Sheffield City Hall and Bill Blackburn from Claremont Media.

The judges were David Walsh, The Star business editor, Jill Davies, chief executive of Westfield Health, David Grey MBE, managing director of OSL group and immediate past Master Cutler and Sir Andrew Cash, chief executive of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.

Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity supports research and treatment and care for people living with cancer.

It has the only radiotherapy department in South Yorkshire and provides cancer treatment services for patients across the region including Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley, Doncaster, Worksop, Chesterfield and beyond.

This year it needs to raise more than £1.8 million to fund a wide range of projects.

You can still donate by text; FUNB15 £5 to 70070