Mr Stevenson’s fundraising efforts have helped raise over £1m for cancer charities.
He setup Man@Manchester Comedy Lunch, an annual event which has been running for seven years and has raised over £750,000 for Beechwood Cancer Care Centre. It has been supported by comedians John Bishop, Paddy McGuinness, Justin Moorhouse and Jason Manford.
He is also chairman of the trustees for the cancer charity. It offers support, including counselling, to those living with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses, as well as their relatives and carers. The charity celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2020.
He said: "I am humbled and shocked by my MBE award. Hopefully it will highlight the work that Beechwood do and help raise more money for them.
“I am honoured to receive such an award, it will keep me focused on raising more for local charities.”
Cancer charities are a cause close to Mr Stevenson’s heart. He said he understands the importance of emotional support after his mother died from a brain haemorrhage when he was five, and his stepmother died from cancer when he was in his 20s.
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