Berghaus helps out stand-up comedian

Berghaus is giving its support to stand up comedian Mark Olver, who has decided to walk to the Edinburgh Festival this year, from his home in Bristol. Mark will set off on his 410-mile journey in early June and intends to rely on the kindness of strangers to put him up as he heads north, having booked no accommodation.  Each night of the hike, Mark is also planning a stand-up gig, to raise money for hospices across the UK.
Mark is scheduled to perform his new show at the Edinburgh Festival, called Ramble On. He is going to write material for the performance during his walk, based on his experiences along the way. Mark will be joined by fellow comics for some stretches of the 35-day walk and he will be appearing on local radio stations en route to try to find people willing to put him up, as well as organising the nightly gigs. Half of the money he raises will go towards Help the Hospices, the hospice movement’s national charity, the rest to local hospices near the various gigs.
Berghaus has supplied Mark with clothing, footwear and a rucsac, and is going to help publicise his walk and fundraising efforts. A special page has been created on the Berghaus website – www.berghaus.com/ourworld/ourteam/profiles.aspx?team=18 – on which Mark will be blogging as he makes progress along the route.  Everyone will be able to read how he’s getting on, find out where he will be performing and of course there will be a link to his personal fundraising page, www.justgiving.com/markolver.
Mark commented: “I’m doing it because I want to get out of my comfort zone.  People in general don’t do enough to leave their comfort zone, because we’ve got everything we need at home.
“We can look at the world on Google Earth, but that’s not the same as experiencing it. I’m a lazy comic who spends so much time sitting in cars, buying sandwiches from petrol stations.  I’m rubbish at staying in B&Bs and tend to stay in more expensive hotels because it’s easier.  This is my way of seeing Britain and meeting real people, which you don’t get to do when you’re on the road.  The prospect is petrifying!”
Mark sets off on June 9, with a fundraising party at Jesters Comedy Club in Bristol the night before. His route will take him up through Monmouthshire and Herefordshire towards the Lake District, before heading east towards County Durham, then up the east coast to Edinburgh where he hopes to arrive on July 16 in good time to finalise preparations for his Festival show, Ramble On.

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