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Support backup, come to Comfest on Sunday 25th March

Support backup, come to Comfest on Sunday 25th March

UK - It's well known how tough it can be as a freelance in the entertainment technology industry. The hours are long, you’re away from your family and you only earn money when you’re working. What happens if you can’t work because you’re ill, you have an accident, or someone in your family needs your help and support? You probably do not have a stash of cash put away to see you through. What then? That’s where Backup – The Technical Entertainment Charity can help and that’s why it is putting on Comfest – an evening of outstanding comedy with the legend that is Al Murray The Pub Landlord and a great supporting line-up at The Dorfman Theatre on the 25th March 2018.

Backup provides financial support to industry technical professionals working in live events, theatre, TV and film. It offers support and help to get technicians back on their feet.

Grants are tailored to an individual’s needs and can include essential living costs, medical related expenses, advice, re-training and travel.

Backup works with potential recipients to fully understand the support needed and ensure that help is targeted effectively and will stay in contact with recipients and provide ongoing support.

Backup grants have brought help and hope to industry members and their families during some of their darkest hours.

Most recipients want to remain anonymous, but here is what some of them say about backup:

“Thank you – without the assistance of Backup I would likely be homeless. Because of mental health problems I have struggled to find and keep work – this is not a forgiving industry when it comes to long term health problems. My financial situation is dire, but Backup has given me some breathing room to try and concentrate on some sort of recovery.”

“I’d like to write about how the money from the Charity helped me, as I am a carer for my father and I work in a costume department. My father had to go into hospital but unfortunately at this time I also had a breakdown. Backup – our Technical Entertainment Charity has helped me get back on my feet with the money and the full support they have given me has been brilliant. Thank you.”

“I cannot thank everybody at Backup enough. I do not know where I would be, without all of help and support that Backup has given me. It enabled me to recover, without worrying about money”

“I really don’t know what to say. This is incredible. Thank you so much. This will definitely lift the burden for a few months. As I go in for a stem cell transplant on the 15th March for 3-4 weeks this help couldn’t be more timely.”

Help backup to continue to help your friends and colleagues by coming to Comfest. Tickets are available from

20th March 2018

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