Kilburn charity founder signs up comedians for fundraiser

Dr Erin Thompson set up the charity after she lost her father.

Dr Erin Thompson set up the charity after she lost her father. - Credit: Archant

A charity founder from Kilburn has convinced a group of comedy stars to create a series of sarcastic and funny online videos in a fundraising mission.

Dr Erin Hope Thompson, of Plympton Road, a clinical psychologist, is using humour to help raise funds for The Loss Foundation, a charity she set up to provide bereavement support for people who have lost loved ones to cancer.

Dr Thompson set up the charity, the only one of its kind in the UK, after her father Kevin lost his battle with lung and spine cancer in 2008.

The video clips have been created to publicise a special comedy event in Islington which will raise money for the foundation.

Stewart Lee, Doc Brown and Sara Pascoe are the latest names who have signed up for the cause alongside Aisling Bea, Danny Bhoy, Shaun Keaveny and Lucy Porter.

Dr Erin Thompson lives in Kilburn

Dr Erin Thompson lives in Kilburn - Credit: Archant

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Dr Thompson said: “The videos have been a massive hit and it goes to show you don’t need lots of cash to make an impact.

“This event is the biggest thing we’ve ever done - we’re determined to raise funds for more bereavement groups and help support the 6,500 people left bereaved by cancer every day in the UK.

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I’m so grateful to our comedians, who’re giving up their time for free to help entertain Londoners and raise valuable funds. I’d urge anyone who likes comedy, or whose life has been affected by cancer or loss, to join us on what promises to be a fun night.”

TV comic Russell Howard has been so impressed he agreed to create his own personal video for the event as he’s unable to appear in person.

For more information about the charity visit

To buy tickets visit for the comedy night to be held at the Union Chapel in Islington on June 25 go to

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