2019’s Leicester Comedy Festival Awards were announced at St Martins House recently and Winner in the Community Awards category was The Big Chill? a Charity fundraiser for Soft Touch Arts organised by Tracey & Pete Miller of The Miller Partnership – Taxation Specialists.
Hosts for The Big Chill? were the award winning Chutney Ivy, situated in the heart of the Cultural Quarter, and Shaf and his team, who have been nominated again for Restaurant of the Year at the Leicester Curry Awards were magnificent.
Glynis Wright & Co Family Solicitors & Mediators were sole sponsors and Shazia Mirza from TV’s Jonathan Ross Show, HIGNFY and Celebrity The Island with Bear Grylls, was the star of the show.
This year the £4,000 profit takes the total amount to over £10,000 raised by The Miller Partnership in their 4 years of Leicester Comedy Festival events for Soft Touch Arts. Geoff Rowe and Katherine West from Big Difference Company have supported these shows each year enabling them to grow and develop.
Leicester’s business community comes together every year for this Comedy and Curry extravaganza, and fabulous prizes were donated by Winstanley House, Hanlon Hospitality, Curve, Queen Victoria Arts Club, Burleighs Gin, Owlhouse Day Spa, Eileen Richards Recruitment and Howes Percival, who also donated Carl Mifflin dressed as a Hot Chilli to encourage guests in their generosity.
Soft Touch Arts will fund their Creative Enterprise Programme which supports more than 50 young people each year who struggle to reach their potential because of difficult life circumstances and challenges with mental health & wellbeing.
The Creative Enterprise Programme supports the development of their individual creative talents, giving them both newly built confidence plus the invaluable building blocks of enterprise skills, so that they can learn to make, sell and market their own creative works.
Community collaboration is definitely at work here in Leicester.