Kind hearted comedians plan massive ‘Cwtsh’ for cancer victim Beth
Funnyman Phil Evans and his friends are getting together this weekend for a special show to raise money for a Porthcawl woman who needs a life-extending operation in Germany.
The show, at the Hi Tide Inn, Porthcawl, on Saturday, May 24, is being organised as a massive ‘Cwtsh’ (Welsh hug) for Beth Margetson.
Beth is a victim of the so-called ‘postcode lottery system’ that currently exists in the UK.
The type of treatment Beth needs to treat her cancer is currently unavailable in Wales, but is available in England.
Her latest plan to attack the cancer involves her travelling to Germany in June for a life-extending operation.
“Beth is a wonderfully warm and giving person who has contributed a huge amount to her community over the years,” said comedian Phil, who is known throughout Wales as the man who puts the ‘cwtsh’ into comedy.
“Beth worked tirelessly as a community midwife serving Porthcawl, Bridgend and the surrounding communities. Along the way, we reckon she has delivered 2000 babies and won the hearts of everyone in the community during her 15-year career as a midwife.
“She is one of those people who has given of herself to the community over the years, without asking for anything in return.
“Now, she needs some help to keep battling cancer so we’ve come up for this plan for some comic relief on a very local scale.
“We’ve pulled together some great acts and I’ll be hosting an evening of comedy and entertainment at the Hi Tide Inn on Saturday night.”
Beth has spent virtually all her lifesavings of £60,000 on private UK hospital treatments rather than wait on long NHS waiting lists for treatment.
She is currently a lecturer in Bridgend College and is still working despite her everyday pain and suffering.
Comedian Phil added: “I was first alerted to Beth’s plight by my friend, photographer Rob Jones and I was only too glad to be able to help in a small way to raise funds for Beth’s treatment.
“To me, it seems that Beth has been let down by the system. She has had to use her lifetime savings at exactly the time when she should be using them to enjoy herself. I am all for the underdog in life and when I heard about Beth’s situation it was something of a ‘call to arms’ for me and my fellow comedians and artistes.”
Phil will host the Hi Tide Inn Show, which will also featured comedians Karen Steadman, Ignaccio Lopez and Aled Richards, together with the up-and-coming dance troupe called Global.
Tickets are just £10 and are available from the Hi Tide Porthcawl by phoning 01656 782432/07540 132965 or from Balkwill Chemist, John Street, Porthcawl & Jinked Tattoo Studio, Lias Road, Porthcawl. Doors open at 7pm and the fun starts at 8pm.
Phil added: “There will be plenty of entertainment on the night, including a raffle and some extra-special surprises. I am asking everyone to make an effort to attend as together we can make a difference for Beth.
“Everyone who attends will, of course, be entitled to a free ‘cwtsh’!”
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