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Right Arrow Celebrity joke book raises cash in memory of Tom's grandads
03 November 2015 at 08:28
Comedians, celebrities and even the Royal Household have helped Tom Heyes write a joke book and raise £840 for charity in memory of his two late grandads.

Tom, aged 11, presented half to staff at the Medical Day Unit at Southport hospital where Peter Heyes, of Skelmersdale, was a patient until his death from leukaemia. The remainder went to the British Heart Foundation in memory of David Birchall, of Ormskirk. Both grandads were 67 and died within 18 months of each other.

The joke book was born when Tom, bored practicing his hand-writing the usual way, started writing out jokes instead.

“Soon I had lots of jokes and I thought it would make a great book because I wanted to raise some money in memory of my grandads,” said Tom, from Aughton, near Ormskirk.

He wrote a letter to 45 famous people asking them to contribute a joke, including a joke of his own:

Q. What do you call a man with a rubber toe?
A. Roberto!

Jokes came back from celebrities including Harry Hill, Peter Kay and Lucy Meacock, and included this one from Peter Kay:

Shakespeare walks into a pub. The landlord says: “You’re bard!”

Staff from the Royal Household at Kensington Palace sent two pages of jokes on behalf of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

The Queen’s lady-in-waiting, Jennifer Gordon-Lennox, politely declined on Her Majesty’s behalf but did return the stamp addressed envelope “you so thoughtfully enclosed”.

Tom’s mum and dad, Neil and Claire Heyes, published 300 copies of the book through their family business Heyes Opticians and sold them for £3 each, every penny going to the two charities.

Neil said: “It’s been fantastic how supportive people have been and it’s great for Tom to have such another great memory of his grandads.”

Issued by Tony Ellis, Marketing and Communications Manager
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

Telephone 01704 704494
Twitter @SONHSTrust

Notes for editors

1. Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust manages Southport and Formby District General Hospital and Ormskirk and District General Hospital, and is responsible for many community healthcare services for adults in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire. We also provide sexual health services across Sefton and West Lancashire. The North West Regional Spinal Injuries is operated by the Trust at Southport hospital. In 2014/15, we saw 270,141 outpatients; treated 59,808 inpatients; made 280,831 home visits in the community; supported the birth of 2,747 babies; and attended to 110,620 urgent care cases. The Trust employs 3,472 staff.