Two Island charities are rejoicing thanks to a performance by a world famous comedian.

Eddie Izzard Eddie Izzard donated his performance fees – from his sold out show at Shanklin Theatre on Sunday – to Layla’s Trust and The Rainbow Club. The globally renowned actor and comedian is currently filming on the Isle of Wight along with Judi Dench for the production of Victoria and Abdul at Osborne House. Sarah Leahy from Layla’s Trust said why it means so much to them:

“It means so much, we’ve been going for quite a few years now but we’re quite low key, I think, in terms of our profile on the Isle of Wight. “To have someone as well known as Eddie Izzard to choose our charity over others is fantastic. “[We were] quite taken by surprise to be honest. We didn’t actually know until about a week before hand that Eddie had chosen us as one of his two charities on the Island to have the proceeds of his gig, that he was doing at Shanklin Theatre, so it was quite a surprise. A really nice surprise.”