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Peter Kay donates an incredible £14,000 to a children’s charity from his tour

Peter Kay is giving back to the community at Christmas while on his comeback tour, donating an incredible £14,000 to a children’s charity. 

The Mirror reports the comedian, 49, is handing over £1 per person attending his show at the London 02 Arena. 

‘Christmas is about doing good things for other people,’ he told the audience at his show this week.

‘Christmas is about doing good things for other people’: Peter Kay is set to donate an incredible £14,000 to a children’s charity from his tour

‘I think Christmas is about doing good things for other people so we’re gonna take a pound off each of you,’ he told the cheering crowd.

‘I’m going to put it in a children’s charity and I was looking at my phone on the way down and I found one called Action for Children.

‘They do a Secret Santa and it seems really lovely. There’s 14,000 people here, so if I take a pound that’s £14,000 for children on your behalf. So thanks!’

'I think Christmas is about doing good things for other people so we're gonna take a pound off each of you,' he told the cheering crowd this week

‘I think Christmas is about doing good things for other people so we’re gonna take a pound off each of you,’ he told the cheering crowd this week

Action for Charity helps supports vulnerable children in times of need and the Secret Santa program helps gift toys and food to the less fortunate. 

A representative for the charity told the publication: ‘This amazing donation will support our frontline workers who are helping struggling families.’

MailOnline has contacted Peter’s representative for comment, in relation to this article. 

It comes after Peter announced extra dates for his already mammoth UK tour, including a ‘record-breaking’ night at London’s O2 Arena.

Major comeback: It comes after he announced extra dates for his already mammoth UK tour, including a 'record-breaking' night at London's O2 Arena (Peter dressed as Santa to promote the tour)

Major comeback: It comes after he announced extra dates for his already mammoth UK tour, including a ‘record-breaking’ night at London’s O2 Arena (Peter dressed as Santa to promote the tour)

The comedian, 49, was moved to tears on the opening night of his first live comedy tour in 12 years earlier this month, with the show being the long-anticipated first gig in a lengthy arena tour spanning December to late 2023.

Funnyman Peter announced the extra shows on Sara Cox’s BBC Radio 2 drivetime show.

He said: ‘First of all, I want to say thanks to everyone who’s bought tickets to my tour and I really do appreciate it.

‘And we’ve finally managed to book some more extra dates.’  

Shows will take place in Newcastle, Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester, Sheffield and London.

Big news: Funnyman Peter announced the extra shows on Sara Cox's BBC Radio 2 drivetime show

Big news: Funnyman Peter announced the extra shows on Sara Cox’s BBC Radio 2 drivetime show

Peter said reaction to news of his tour had been ‘absolutely joyous’ and described the first shows as ‘brilliant’.

He said: ‘It’s been amazing and people deserve a bit of joy.’

The performer reminded people that he had kept price in mind, saying: ‘Don’t forget they start at 35 quid. I’ve done them cheap for the whole cost-of-living thing. So that’s £35 at 2010’s prices.’

Grateful: He said: 'First of all, I want to say thanks to everyone who's bought tickets to my tour and I really do appreciate it'

Grateful: He said: ‘First of all, I want to say thanks to everyone who’s bought tickets to my tour and I really do appreciate it’

It comes after Peter was moved to tears as he received a huge standing ovation at Manchester’s AO Arena earlier this month as he made his return to stand-up comedy.

The funnyman embarked on a mammoth 110-date tour and played to a sell-out crowd in Manchester, 16 miles from his hometown of Bolton.

As he was met with rapturous applause, chants of his name were heard ringing out across the venue, prompting him to wipe away a tear as his devotees continued to cheer.

Emotional: It comes after Peter was moved to tears as he received a huge standing ovation at Manchester's AO Arena earlier this month as he made his return to stand-up comedy

Emotional: It comes after Peter was moved to tears as he received a huge standing ovation at Manchester’s AO Arena earlier this month as he made his return to stand-up comedy

‘Aw you’ll have me in bits,’ he said. ‘Lovely Manchester you made me cry. I can’t believe I cried, where did it come from all that emotion?’

Comedian Peter has been largely absent from the public eye for the last four years and the aptly named Peter Kay Live Tour is his first live tour since 2010, when he scored the Guinness World Record for the biggest selling run of all time, playing to more than 1.2 million people.

Peter’s comeback was announced during an advertisement break in the series launch of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! on ITV last month.

He's back! Peter's long-awaited return to touring comes after a 12-year break

He’s back! Peter’s long-awaited return to touring comes after a 12-year break 

Screen star: Peter was seen crying on the large screens by the side of the stage at the arena in Manchester

Screen star: Peter was seen crying on the large screens by the side of the stage at the arena in Manchester

He said: ‘It’s good to get back to what I love doing best, stand-up comedy, and if there’s ever a time people need a laugh it’s now.

‘And with the cost of living at an all-time high, ticket prices are starting from £35 – the same price they were on my previous tour in 2010.’

After Manchester, Peter will perform in locations including Birmingham, Liverpool, Sheffield, Belfast, Newcastle, Glasgow and Dublin.

Overcome: He was seen leaning on a table while on stage as he steadied his emotions having received the positive reaction from his fans

Overcome: He was seen leaning on a table while on stage as he steadied his emotions having received the positive reaction from his fans

Return of the comedy king! Peter confirmed his comeback tour in an advert aired during I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! last month (Peter is seen in the promo)

On the road: His run will end on August 11 2023 at the Sheffield Utilita Arena (Peter is seen in promo for the tour)

Return of the comedy king! Peter confirmed his comeback tour in an advert aired during I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! last month (Peter is seen in the promo)

His run will end on August 11 2023 at the Sheffield Utilita Arena.

Following the announcement, the star’s official website appeared to crash briefly under increased online traffic.

A poster for the event featured Peter holding a sign reading, ‘Better late than never’ and described a ticket to his shows as an ‘ideal Christmas gift’.

After being largely out of the spotlight for the last four years, Peter returned to the stage in August 2021 for two special charity events to raise money for Laura Nuttall, a then 20-year-old with an aggressive type of brain cancer called glioblastoma multiforme. 

There was also a brief return in January 2021 when he appeared on BBC Radio 2 to chat to Cat Deeley – who was filling in after Graham Norton left the station – about his love of music, mixtapes and the musical Mamma Mia.

He also made a surprise appearance at a charity screening of his series Car Share in 2018.

Peter cancelled his last tour in December 2017, citing ‘unforeseen family circumstances’.   

Time out: Peter stepped back from the public eye in 2017, when he cancelled a huge 14-month stand-up tour due to 'unforeseen family circumstances'

Time out: He stepped back from the public eye in 2017, when he cancelled a huge 14-month stand-up tour due to ‘unforeseen family circumstances’

The father-of-two was expected to earn up to £40million from hosting 109 nights from April 2018 until March 2019 at cities including Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester, London and Dublin.

He said at the time: ‘Due to unforeseen family circumstances, I deeply regret that I am having to cancel all of my upcoming work projects.

‘This unfortunately includes my upcoming stand-up tour, Dance for Life shows and any outstanding live work commitments.

‘My sincerest apologies. This decision has not been taken lightly and I’m sure you’ll understand my family must always come first.’

He recently delighted audiences in October as he reportedly performed a ‘secret’ comedy gig for select audiences.

Peter appeared at a theatre in Salford in October and had ‘new material’ for the lucky fans who were invited to attend.

Paula, who is a fan of the comedian, took to Twitter to share her experience at the exciting ‘secret’ shows.

She penned: ‘Omg just been to a secret gig with Peter Kay at The Lowry. Best night of my life ever, that guy is a legend. Phones in locked pounces, secret ticket collection, the lot. Still buzzing.’

Difficult times: Fans have been waiting years for Peter's return to the stage, after he stepped away from the spotlight in 2017 due to 'unforeseen family circumstances'

Difficult times: Fans have been waiting years for Peter’s return to the stage, after he stepped away from the spotlight in 2017 due to ‘unforeseen family circumstances’

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