Today, comedians Paul Sinha, Rhys Mathewson and Erich McElroy treated the people of London to a lunch break with a difference performing jokes and sketches in support of Samaritans’ fundraising day, Feel Good Friday, on 1st February 2013.

The Chase, ITV1 Paul SinhaCompering the event was award-winning comedian Jim Smallman, who warmed people’s cockles during the two-hour event at Spitalfields Market, encouraging them to have a laugh and sign up to take part in the fundraising day.

Paul Sinha who is currently starring in ITV’s The Chase says,

“I hope I managed to bring some light hearted lunchtime relief to Londoners. It was great to team up with Rhys, Erich and Jim for such a worthy cause. I use humour as a way to make people feel better, but for many people going through a tough time, Samaritans is a lifeline. I hope today’s event has encouraged people to help raise vital funds for the charity by taking part in Feel Good Friday.”

Sponsored by healthcare provider, Simplyhealth, for the second consecutive year, Feel Good Friday aims to get companies to take part in ‘feel good’ themed activities, in return for a donation to Samaritans. Employees are being encouraged to organise feel good activities such as hosting a comedy night or sponsoring colleagues to do something funny – like wearing slippers to work.

Every year Samaritans answers millions of calls for help from people struggling to cope, costing the charity approximately £3.83 every time.

Companies can register to take part in Feel Good Friday by downloading a fundraising pack by visiting

Gameshow The Chase, hosted by Bradley Walsh, airs weekdays at 5pm on ITV

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