By Keiran Southern For Mailonline. The year-old Phoenix Nights star said he had 'first-hand experience of' The Lily Foundation, which was set up by a grieving mother whose daughter died aged just seven months. Liz Curtis, 43, founded the charity in after Lily's death and has since given up her career as a teacher to dedicate her life to raising awareness of the disease.

And today, after Kay spoke for the first time since cancelling his tour to announce a special screening of Car Share to raise funds for the charity, Ms Curtis has revealed her gratitude to the star. Peter Kay broke his three-month silence since cancelling his nationwide tour to announce his support for a charity in aid of mitochondrial disease.

The charity's founder, Liz Curtis, is pictured with her daughter, Lily. Comedian Peter Kay has broken his silence for the first time since he cancelled his nationwide tour three months ago. He announced a charity screening of new Car Share episodes. Mitochondrial disease is an inherited chronic illness that can be present at birth or develop later in life.

It causes debilitating physical, developmental, and cognitive disabilities, seizures, learning disabilities and organ failure. It's the first time the Bolton-born comedian has spoken publicly since he put out the mysterious statement cancelling his tour, devastating thousands of fans.

The married father said in December: 'Due to unforeseen family circumstances, I deeply regret that I am having to cancel all of my upcoming work projects. Lily is pictured in the middle surrounded by her big sisters Rosie and Katie.

Ms Curtis set up the Lily Foundation after her daughter died aged seven months. The year-old was forced to axe his first live tour in eight years in December, due to 'unforeseen family circumstances'.

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Once again, I'm very sorry. Tickets on sale Saturday at 9am. Kay added: 'The Lily Foundation is an inspiring charity that helps to improve the lives of children with Mitochondrial Disease. In a blog post, TicketMaster added: 'The event will showcase four episodes of the BBC One sitcom, including the premiere of two brand new episodes; Car Share: Unscripted and the series finale.

The news of the charity screening - and Peter finally speaking out in public - delighted celebrities and fans alike. Fan Steven Quigley tweeted: 'Great to see you back Peter. Going to put Sky on and get that Quiche out of the fridge when I get home. Mark Deane wrote: 'Great news and hope things are going more positively for you. Vanda Geeson added: 'I have already sorted a shift swap so I can be online at 9am!

Fans were left devastated when the second series of Car Share ended with Kayleigh stepping out of John's car and his life forever. The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. Argos AO. Share this article Share. Share or comment on this article: Heartbreaking story behind Peter Kay charity e-mail By Shari Miller For Mailonline.

Comedy legend Peter Kay spent the last two years living under the radar at a secluded house in rural Ireland after cancelling his multi-million pound tour, it has been revealed. His last stage appearance was when he spoke to an audience gathered to see a charity screening of his BBC comedy Car Share in April After a two-year hiatus - during which there was false speculation the Phoenix Nights comic had passed away - his social media account announced he will return to the stage in April and May to DJ at six charity events.

It has now emerged that Kay spent the last 24 months living a quieter life in the rural surroundings of a house close to Lough Derg, a freshwater lake in the Shannon River Basin, which has shores in the counties of Clare, Galway and Tipperary. Locals said that the father-of-three tried to maintain a low profile and was rarely seen in pubs or restaurants, but that residents 'saw him coming a mile off' due to his inconspicuous Range Rover.

Kay is understood to have connections to Ireland, including that his mum, Deirdre pictured is from Coalisland in Co Tyrone and in he revealed that he owns a house in Tipperary.

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Since taking a break, Kay has only been seen in public on a few occasions. During his two-year hiatus there was false speculation the Phoenix Nights comic had passed away, but his social media account announced he will return to the stage next month.

A few days later he was seen again at the final performance of Nativity! The Musical in London and posed for a snap alongside the show's director Debbit Isitt. This came hours after Kay broke his social media silence to slam Channel 5 for using an 'incredibly misleading title' for a documentary on his life and career.

Rarely seen in public for two years, Kay was spotted on a tram in Blackpool last April. All people have to do is turn up and dance. Comedy legend Peter Kay will return to the stage in April to DJ at six charity dance-a-thon events, a post to his Twitter page confirmed.

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The show follows characters John played by Peter and Kayleigh Sian Gibson as they car share to the Bolton supermarket that they work in every day, resulting in a hilarious clash of personalities. The programme has reminded us just how much we love Peter Kayso we decided to spend our morning collating a list of our favourite facts about the loveable Northern funny man.

Before his comedic success, Peter worked at Netto supermarket, a cash and carry, a bingo hall and even a toilet roll factory. Weird right? Listen up, Kanye. Take that out! I always do. Peter won the award for Funniest Joke Ever Told. I still go up to the Co-op Late Shop for a bottle of Tizer. Unfortunately, the date took a nasty turn when Eric took Shelley home for a brew, but his mum Dolly scared Shelley off by turning up in her dressing gown.

The pair never met again. Any chance of some garlic bread to go with that? Paddy McGuiness is joining Coronation Street. Home Blog Latest Celebrity News.Due to take place in April and May this year, the event sadly had to be cancelled and a new date has yet to be confirmed. The Lancashire-born funnyman has written, produced and acted in a number of television and film projects, as well as writing three books.

He studied media performance at the University of Salford before working part-time as a stand-up comedian.

That Peter Kay Thing was born on Channel 4 inwith the hugely successful spin-off series Phoenix Nights coming later as a result of its success. It ended up reaching number one.

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They have three children together — a teenage son called Charlie Michael Kay and two younger children, who the pair have kept shielded from the public eye. The live arena tour was due to kick off in Aprilrunning until June I hope that the media and the public will continue to respect our privacy at this time. After then going under the radar, Kay broke his silence three months later in March He tweeted about a charity night to raise awareness of mitochondrial disease through The Lily Foundation.

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Tickets on sale Saturday at 9am. Mitrochondrial disease is a term which covers a range of often devastating conditions involving the failure of mitochondria, which live inside cells. The mitochondria have a key function as they provide energy to cells, and if they cannot do that it leads to grave problems for the body.

Find out more about mitochondrial disease here.

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Peter, who still lives in his native Bolton, has spoken often about how important family is to him, choosing to avoid parties and red carpets for time at home with Susan and their children. Follow Metro. Share this article via facebook Share this article via twitter Share this article via messenger Share this with Share this article via email Share this article via flipboard Copy link.

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Today's Best Discounts.We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights. Peter Kay is reported to be in talks for a new BBC show after taking a break from his career.

He was set to be touring from April to Junebut the comedian was forced to cancel the show. After the event an insider was reported to have said: "We thought he looked really well and had obviously lost a lot of weight.

Johnny Vegas lost a staggering five stone by making one change to his diet. However, he was snapped at a screening for the last car show episode. However, the actor has never spoken out about his weight or weight loss before.

This includes a famous skit about garlic bread. A number of comedians have lost weight in recent years.

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This includes contemporary of Peter Kay, Johnny Vegas. He comedian and actor revealed all on Loose Women.

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Jimmy revealed there was an easy trick to his weight loss too. Apple cider vinegar: How much should you drink to burn fat fast?Liz Curtis, who set up the Lily Foundation when her baby girl died, has thanked the comedian for his support. The mum of a baby girl who died aged eight months of complications from her mitochondrial disease has thanked Peter Kay for his generous support, after he announced two brand new episodes of Car Share will be shown at a charity screening.

Liz Curtis, who set up the Lily Foundation in her daughter's name after she died, has spoken out after Peter confirmed the proceeds from tickets sold would go towards the charity.

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In a statement tweeted yesterday - the first time Peter had spoken in public since cancelling his date stand-up tour in December - the comedian revealed he had "first-hand experience" of the foundation's work. Lily Curtis was born five weeks early in weighing just 3lb 8 and was admitted to a special care unit for monitoring. When she was eventually four weeks old, Lily was allowed home - but suffered a seizure and stopped breathing while she was out with her mum.

Eventually, doctors broke the news that the little girl had mitochondrial disease and may only live days. As parents we just had to wait for our baby to die. A heartwrenching moment came when Lily was removed from her ventilator and her family were told to sit by her tiny cot to say their goodbyes.

But against all odds, the little girl started breathing by herself - something Liz describes as a miracle - and was even able to go home to be with her older siblings. Lily spent three happy months at home, and despite still being tiny, she started being able to play with toys and smile. Tragically, the family's frail sense of happiness was shattered on April 30 when Lily died in hospital of heart failure.

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And now Evans says Bolton comic Kay, 45, is close to a return following a nine-month absence from the public eye. The year-old has not been seen in public since he made a surprise appearance on stage last April in Blackpool for a special episode of his Car Share.

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It was in mid-December that Kay had suddenly announced he was cancelling all of his UK tour including more than a dozen dates in Birmingham. The first dates to be announced had only gone on sale a month earlier and all had quickly sold out. Evans said: "Peter Kay! Back for the NTAs. Last month Car Share co-star Sian Gibson, 42, confirmed the two are currently working on a new project, according to the Sun.

But she said it was "really nice" to be working with Peter, 45, again and "hopes it can continue. Kay has previously described it as "an inspiring charity" that helps to improve the lives of children with Mitochondrial Disease. In footage of his brief appearance posted on Twitter, Kay, 44, told the audience: "Thank you very much for supporting the Lily Foundation raising money for mitochondrial disease.

I appreciate it. Enjoy the last ever episode of Car Share. Don't tell anyone the end. Or tell anyone about any hedgehogs. Bowing as he left the stage, he added: "So thank you. Lots of love, enjoy, take care, bye-bye. Kay's appearance came a day after the star appeared on a giant screen at one of the sell-out showings of the last two episodes of his BBC sitcom.

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