Darlington-based actress Jade Byrne will be partaking in a live charity fundraiser on Thursday 11 June 2020 in aid of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

Jade, who is a Celebrity Ambassador for the charity, will be doing a live, online performance of her one-woman stage show ‘Pricks’ followed by a Q&A session to help raise funds for the JDRF which is the world’s largest, charitable fundraiser of Type 1 Diabetes research.

Having already begun touring ‘Pricks’ when the pandemic took a global grip in March, Jade is unsure when she’ll be able to tour again. Many people in the music and entertainment industry are not expecting venues to open fully until late 2020, or even early 2021.

Speaking of the current situation Jade said: “Because of Covid-19, I’ve only managed to do two shows of about 30 that were booked in for this year, and I always collect for JDRF UK at the end of each show.

“They’re missing out on so much money because they’re a medical research charity so therefore aren’t eligible for government assistance, and I’m missing out on doing the show so I thought, why not do an online, live show in my back room and raise money for them that way instead.”

And, as it’s Diabetes Awareness Week (8-14 June), the timing is ideal. Jade added: “It’s a great time to raise awareness and connect with other Type 1s whilst the show itself, well there’s no ‘real’ audience in front of me so it’s going to be odd…. but it’ll be the same content just performed a little differently.”