Two PM Law lawyers will swap the office for the stage this October when they perform a stand-up comedy routine in front of a live audience.
Harvey Harding and Nigel Taylor are taking part in Weston Park Hospital’s Funny Business event to raise funds for the specialist cancer hospital. This will be the fifth year that the hospital charity has invited successful Sheffield business people to tackle this daunting challenge and a total of ten brave souls have put themselves forward.
The contestants will have coaching from professional comedian, Alfie Moore, but the pair admit that they are dreading the prospect of dying on stage. “I’ve done many things in public before such as dancing and music,” Harvey says. “And I’ve acted in comedies in my youth and fronted a band or two, but never this. It will be a real challenge!”
Tina Harrison, deputy director of the charity, will also be supporting the contestants through their training, but she warns that it won’t be easy. “This is by no means a walk in the park and the contestants will need to go above and beyond to prepare their routines and deliver them on the night.”
Money raised will go towards funding a wide variety of projects for Weston Park Hospital including the expansion of research studies, improving the way cancer treatments are delivered and supporting the ongoing care provisions of patients and their families affected by cancer. Last year’s event raised over £15,000 and the target this year is £20,000.
With the live event taking place at Sheffield City Hall in front of an expected audience of 450, what made them volunteer? “It was the charity,” Harvey says. “Weston Park has been of great assistance and support to one of my colleagues in recent times. In fact, it’s only a month or two ago that she received the ‘all clear’ so to give back and say thank you is really important. Sheffield is really blessed with the services it has at its disposal and that should be publicised.”
And for Nigel? “Harvey made me do it,” he laughs.