Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 8°C

Search

Ipswich business lender raises record breaking funds for homeless charity with the help of BBC comedians

PUBLISHED: 20:28 25 May 2017

Fleximize area business development manager Matthew Pearce presenting a cheque to Halford Hewitt, chief executive of IHAG, following the firm's charity stand-up comedy night. Picture: Fleximize

Fleximize area business development manager Matthew Pearce presenting a cheque to Halford Hewitt, chief executive of IHAG, following the firm's charity stand-up comedy night. Picture: Fleximize

Archant

Ipswich-based business lender Fleximize has raised £4,020 for the homeless with a stand-up comedy night.

The company, which provides flexible finance, drew in the likes of TV stars Bob Mills and Paul Tonkinson to perform for local business owners.

Funds will go to Ipswich Housing Action Group (IHAG) providing help to homeless people in the Ipswich area.

The fundraising total surpasses the highest amount ever raised for the charity at any single event held in the past.

Peter Tuvey, Fleximize co-founder said: “We are proud to be an Ipswich business and we will always remain committed to continuously improving to our town.

“Fleximize deals with small business owners on a day-to-day basis, and its events like this that allow us to give the people driving the town’s economy a night off, and help those that need it the most, to one day, have a night in.

“Helping to drive IHAG’s capability to support people in our town that need it the most is a great feeling for the entire Fleximize team and we hope this won’t be the last time. It’s been a privilege to work with IHAG to raise money for single, homeless people in Ipswich.”

Chief Executive of IHAG, Halford Hewitt, said: “The Fleximize team were fantastic, not only did they raise over £4,000 for IHAG and its homeless clients but the event gave IHAG a platform to raise awareness of homelessness in Ipswich and what IHAG is doing to reduce it.

“The money will be used to address two much needed issues: one, the lack of cooking equipment and bedding for homeless people when they enter or leave the hostel; two, the lack of access to the internet for job, benefits and housing applications.”

Three of the UK’s top comedians performed on the night, including former Big Breakfast host Paul Tonkinson, star of BBC Radio 4, talkSPORT and ESPN, Bob Mills and James Dowdeswell, well known for his role in Extras and regular appearances on Russell Howard’s Good News.

Rail timetables on services in many parts of Britain change dramatically on Monday as companies bring in new trains with different service patterns.

Samaritans is calling for parents, teachers and employees to put wellbeing ahead of grades this exam season.

A spike in Suffolk school pupil exclusions in March has raised concerns that children likely to get lower grades may be removed from mainstream schools before they sit GCSE exams.

Can you see yourself or someone you know in our photo gallery? All pictures were taken at Yates in Ipswich on Saturday, May 19.

More than 14,000 people flocked to sunny Hadleigh on Saturday for the town’s 179th annual show.

Police are looking for a 13-year-old girl from Lowestoft who has not been seen at home since Friday afternoon.

Could you offer a home to one of these cats and dogs at the Blue Cross centre in Wherstead?

Highways England teams will be carrying out maintenance on trunk roads across the region over the next week.

The A140 was partially closed late on Saturday afternoon after a two-vehicle accident at the Stonham crossroads with the A1120.

Royal wedding fever has gripped the country - with a host of street parties popping up across East Anglia to celebrate the big day.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24