Comedian Johnny Vegas is on TV live tomorrow (10th April) to sort out his “bedhead” for charity and is asking Edge Hill University to help “donate a few quid”.

A message from Honorary Doctor Johnny Vegas

The St Helens-born actor, who was made an Honorary Doctor of Literature by Edge Hill in 2014, is having his hair cut by former Saints legend Paul Sculthorpe on The Steph Show on Channel 4 at 12 noon.

Just before his appearance, he asked the Edge Hill community if they would support him in raising funds for the Steve Prescott Foundation because “It is a fantastic cause and does so much for Tellins”.

A picture of Johnny Vegas.
Johnny Vegas, real name Michael Pennington, receiving his Honorary Doctorate for Literature

He said: “A huge thank you for getting on board and helping spread the word about my two-metre trim challenge on the Steph Show.

“Hopefully you’re aware of the amazing work the Steve Prescott Foundation are doing in the community, we’ve been delivering food and supplies to vulnerable people, frontline heroes and the elderly. The amount of support and love that we’ve felt is overwhelming and to add your support to that is just incredible.

“Hopefully I’ll see you all on campus for a massive knees up once this is all over. Stay home, stay safe and see you all on the Steph Show.”

Obeying social distancing, Johnny Vegas – real name Michael Pennington – will have to endure the clippers from a six-foot pole.

He is taking time out of his other voluntary efforts with the Steve Prescott Foundation which sees him working out of The Eccleston Arms delivering food to St Helens’ frontline heroes, elderly and vulnerable.

The Foundation he supports tirelessly was started by Steve Prescott who played Rugby League for St Helens, Hull, Wakefield, Ireland and was a GB Lions Tourist before he was diagnosed with Pseudomyxoma Peritonei, a rare form of cancer in 2006. Thousands of pounds have been raised for the two charities that benefit from the fundraising efforts of the foundation; The Christie Cancer Hospital in Manchester and Try Assist (previously known as The Rugby League Benevolent Fund). Steve was awarded with an MBE in the 2010 New Years’ Honours List for his services to Rugby League and charity work.

If you’d like to help Johnny Vegas reach his target, please donate to his Just Giving page