The Calder in Brighouse will be hosting a Charity Comedy Night at 8pm on Sunday 1st July, in aid of the Mental Health Charity, Mind.


Comedian, Graham Whistler, is travelling from his home town in Bournemouth, specially to perform for customers attending the evening. Tickets are free in advance from the pub and there will be the option to donate on the night, as well as raffle tickets on sale, when participants stand the chance to win a number of prizes, including a Children’s Bike and a hamper of beer, kindly donated by Naylor’s Brewery.


The event comes as part of Deputy Manager, Ben Lonsdale’s, participation in the ‘Accelerator Programme’. This is a training course run by managing operator, Stonegate Pub Company, which includes a practical component organising and producing a fundraiser, for a chosen charity.


The programme is designed to give employees the tools to bridge the gap between Deputy Manager and General Manager, through education and dynamic group learning. The course aims to build the participant’s confidence, encourage continued independent learning and help them to work together effectively as team. 


At the tender age of 23, Ben is one of the youngest Deputy Managers to take part in the Accelerator Programme, as well as one of the youngest to be promoted to his position in the company – even more impressive, considering he only joined Stonegate two years ago.  The 1st July is not only an important day for Ben as he hosts the event, but he will also be celebrating a whole year since joining the team at the Calder.


“I can’t believe it had been a year already,” said Ben, “so much has happened since I started here. In the last 12 months, I’ve been promoted, I started the Accelerator Course and my beautiful little girl, Daisy, was born.

“I’ve always been driven, but since having Daisy, I’ve been even more determined to succeed. It’s been incredibly important for me to be part of a company that puts such emphasis on its staff. I feel like I’ve learnt a lot on the course and grown in confidence, which I have really been able to channel into my career. The support of Steve Richardson –  the manager here, as well as my mentor – has also been invaluable.


“Being able to support a charity like Mind along the way, has just been an added bonus. I think everyone in the UK is touched by the issues surrounding mental health in one way or another and I am no different. It means a lot to me that I can support a charity so close to my heart.”


Mind is a UK based charity that aims to bring support and respect to people suffering from mental health problems, through raising awareness, promoting understanding and improving services. They are completely independent and rely on donations to continue the work they do, touching millions of lives every year.


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