Gareth Ainsworth has pledged to honour his commitment to performing at a charity night at Adams Park on Saturday 6th October despite taking on caretaker manager responsibilities of Wycombe Wanderers.
‘Gaz’ was handed the reins on Monday but says his newly increased workload won’t prevent him from taking to the stage with Wycombe-based band Subrosa5 to help raise funds for a number of causes close to the club’s heart.
There’s not many managers at the moment that are doing gigs!” he said. “I committed to doing the charity gig with Subrosa5 and I’m definitely still up for that. “
“I’ll still be rehearsing with the boys but I think they’ll understand if my mind might be elsewhere now and again because I’ve got a big job here.” The comedy line-up includes some fantastic talents who follow in the footsteps of Sy Thomas and Henning Wehn, who performed at last year’s event which raised £4,500 for Cancer Research UK and a charity project in Brazil. Darren Willis, who works at the club, will also be adding his unique blend of comedy with an unmissable routine, having debuted at the same event in 2011.
Ticket sales are going strongly for the event - known as KenDarComm - with around 200 fans expected to pack the Vere Suite for a night of entertainment which includes a pub quiz and a string of comedy sets before Gaz and the band take to the stage to perform a series of rock covers from down the years. online Tickets cost just £15 per person and can be purchased by calling 01494 441118 or
Although originally the event was intended to raise funds solely for the Wycombe Wanderers Community Trust and its project in Kenya this summer, Luke’s ongoing battle and the passing away of three devoted Chairboys fans have prompted a re-think. Therefore proceeds will also benefit the Willow Foundation, in honour of Jonny Saunders, who died last month at the age of just 24, and the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund, in memory of both Steve Maguire and Graham Cadle who were also recently taken from the world.
Karl’s association with the event is particularly poignant given that he sits on the committee of GKs For GOSH, one of the charities benefitting from the proceeds. The cause was set up by Wanderers goalkeeping coach Lee Harrison and several friends in support of Great Ormond Street Hospital, where Lee’s 10-year-old son Luke is currently undergoing treatment for cancer of the kidney.
Karl Bates is a BBC London football commentator with a great history in comedy and broadcasting, having performed at the Comedy Store in Piccadilly and reached the last eight of a national stand-up competition. The former radio presenter has also spent time working with Soccer AM, writing jokes and featuring on the show several times.
Paul Moynihan has recently returned from performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and regularly features on a podcast called Comedy Heat’s Football Catch-Up. By coincidence, he, Sy Thomas and their fellow presenters produced a podcast called The Gareth Ainsworth Show in February of this year, where they discussed the footballer’s music credentials.
Please contact Darren Willis on 01494 455759 or email
. The event starts at 7.30pm and food will be available to purchase on arrival. Further details will be sent to guests, including confirmation of their booking, in the days leading up to the event. Darren.email@example.com you or your company are able to donate prizes for either the raffle or auction, to boost the fundraising total on the night.