A STAND-up comedienne has launched a campaign for 25 comedy shows to be held on the same night in aid of homeless charities across the country.

Lindsey Davies, of Urmston Street, Leigh, has organised a fundraising gig for the Homeless Support Project on Railway Road on Thursday, December 14.

The 40-year-old grandmother-of-one has been one of the homeless shelter's volunteers for the past six months and was inspired to further help people living on the streets following Chris Conlin's death on his 31st birthday in the town on November 5.

After arranging the stand-up show at Hogan's bar on Railway Road, Lindsey decided to get in touch with promoters and venues across the country to see if they would follow suit to help homeless charities in their own town or city.

She said: "A lot of people in Leigh have been touched by Chris' death and it made me think that he may not be the only homeless person who dies this winter, so I wanted to do something to help.

"After I arranged the Hogan's bar gig I thought that as homelessness is a national problem I should ask if other places wanted to get involved.

"I have been thrilled with the response – Shelter has been in touch with me about the campaign as well as some big venues who I am in talks with about them hosting gigs.

"I think it is going to be a great night and will bring the general public together to raise awareness of the issue."

As well as 25 fundraising gigs on December 14, the plan is for others to be held near to that date.

Lindsey, a regular stand-up on comedy nights at Hogan's bar, will not be performing herself, instead concentrating on overseeing the multi-venue Homeless Support Stand-Up Project.

The laughs will be provided by Sam Harland, Big Lou Jones, Kenny Mills, Marvyn Dickinson and Carl Lawrence from 7.30pm.

Lindsey, a sales representative for Astley Hire, added: "The Hogan's bar gig is the driving force of the campaign and I am sure everyone will have a good night."

Tickets for the stand-up show are priced £10 and are available from Lynn or Paul on 07398 011470.

The proceeds will go to the Homeless Support Project, which has been boosted by a £1,500 donation from Pennington's David Raines.