Sheffield’s business community played it for laughs to raise £13,000 for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.
Business personalities became stand-up comedians for a night at the Memorial Hall at the back of the City Hall.
For five weeks, they trained with Sheffield comic, Alfie Moore, before performing live on stage for ‘Funny Business’, which was organised by the cancer charity in association with the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
The comedy champion was Jaqui Copley, managing director of the Elite Swim/Apparel Group, whose midlife crisis theme involved wearing a onesie, a leopard print cat suit and incorporating references of the teen pop star’s Miley Cyrus’ hit, Wrecking Ball.
Chief Supt Rachel Barber and Chief Insp Caroline Rollitt, of South Yorkshire Police, who both work in the operational support services, came second place and Steve Coulsen, sales director of Martek Marine, came third. Jaqui Copley said: “I still can’t believe I won! This is one of the scariest things I’ve ever done but I’m so glad I did it. My act aimed to make fun of what some women may go through in their 50s and I think it went down quite well!
“Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity helps the lives of so many and it is the least I can do. It’s been great working with the rest of the contestants and having the chance to be coached by Alfie Moore.
“Well done to everyone who took part and thank you to everyone who supported me and the charity.” Others who took part included Prof Graham Honeyman, chief executive of Sheffield Forgemasters International, David Grey. managing director of OSL Group Holdings Ltd, Arif Munir, leasing manager at Lombard Nat West, and Jill White, partner at Andy Hanselman Consultancy. Funds will contribute to the cancer charity’s ‘Do Your Bit’ campaign for a state-of-the-art cancer research and treatment suite at Weston Park Hospital.