Kevin Bridges donates takings from infamous Derry concert to local charity

Scottish comedian, Kevin Bridges (left) and founder of Derry based charity, Children In Crossfire, Richard Moore (right).
Scottish comedian, Kevin Bridges (left) and founder of Derry based charity, Children In Crossfire, Richard Moore (right).

Scottish comedian, Kevin Bridges, has donated money from his ill-fated Millennium Forum concert to local charity, Children In Crossfire.

Fans of Bridges described the concert as “disgraceful” and the “worst night ever”, after one woman shouting abuse forced the entertainer to walk off stage.

It is believed that the woman at the centre of the incident was forced to delete her Facebook profile on Monday because the backlash.

The exact amount the 28 year-old Glaswegian donated to charity remains unclear but the gesture was welcomed by Children In Crossfire Director and Founder, Richard Moore.

“This is a wonderful gesture by Kevin Bridges and everyone associated with Children in Crossfire are extremely grateful,” said Mr. Moore.

“These funds will go towards improving the lives of some of the most vulnerable children who suffer from not having access to food, proper medicine or clean water in Tanzania and Ethiopia.

“When David McLaughlin from the Millennium Forum contacted me last night [Monday] to inform me of the news, I couldn’t believe it. It was such a wonderful gesture and will give a great boost to our work and an enormous sense of encouragement to our partners overseas.”

Many of those who attended Friday’s concert criticised both Bridges and staff at the Millennium Forum for the way in which the incident was handled.

Millennium Forum, Chief Executive, David McLaughlin, described what happened as “disappointing”.

“We appreciate patrons’ respect for each other and the artist on stage and it was disappointing that one member of the audience did not extend this courtesy on Friday evening. We take all feedback on board and work hard to ensure all our patrons and performers enjoy their experience at our venue,” he said.

“The Millennium Forum welcomes top comedian, Kevin Bridges, to our venue for five sold out nights,” he said.

“Kevin Bridges continues his sell-out gigs to much positive feedback from Derry audiences.”

Friday’s showpiece was Bridges’ first of five sell out performances at the Millennium Forum. Bridges will take to the stage in the Millennium Forum for a final time on Tuesday evening.