Ken Dodd won’t be coming to Huddersfield this weekend after it turns out he had never actually been asked.

A Golcar teenager told the United Churches Healing Ministry in Milnsbridge that he had organised for the veteran funnyman to attend a charity fundraiser – but it now turns out Ken had never been contacted and is staging his show at Southport Theatre that day.

But the event at the Ministry’s base at 78 New Street in Milnsbridge – which will support cancer patient Jill Moorhouse’s hopes to raise money to improve counselling services – will go ahead and feature an auction. After hearing about the problems kind-hearted Ken has donated tickets for his upcoming Bradford show to the raffle.

 

Jill, a terminal ovarian cancer sufferer, aims to raise cash for the village’s branch of the United Churches Healing Ministry and hopes it will allow them to help more people talk about their worries and learn coping mechanisms.

Jill has been visiting the centre’s trained counsellors for over one year after doctors told her in 2012 that she only had in between 18 months and two years to live.

The money raised will be used by the organisation to help create a safe space for its most vulnerable community members and convert a balcony area into a conference room which will support larger groups of training sessions.

The auction will feature dozens of luxury items that will be on offer to the highest bidder.

Robert Holmes, Ken Dodd’s publicity agent said: “Ken is a great supporter of charitable causes and on his behalf I have to say that we are extremely concerned that his name has been used to publicise something of which he was completely unaware. He is presenting his famous Happiness Show in Southport on the date of the event so it would be impossible for him to be in two places at once!

“However, his main concern is for Jill Moorhouse and the great courage she is displaying in order to help others in raising money and awareness of the counselling she has received.

"She is clearly a wonderful lady and Ken is delighted to offer two pairs of tickets for his show at St George’s Hall, Bradford on Friday, December 19 to help with her auction.”

UCHM managing director Helga Taylor said: “UCHM is grateful for the resolution of the confusion over our Saturday auction. We wish to thank our fundraiser, Jill Moorhouse, for her commitment and dedication. There are lots of great items to bid for. Please come and enjoy the day with us.”