Comedian Mo Gilligan said he ‘believes in giving back’ and will give all the money from his BRIT Awards gig to the Five x More charity
Mo Gilligan will donate his fee for presenting this year’s BRIT Awards to charity.
The comedian, who is also a judge on The Masked Singer, revealed the news on social media saying he “believed in giving back”.
His chosen charity is Five x More, a black maternity organisation ‘committed to changing black women’s maternal health outcomes in the UK’.
In a tweet, the 33-year-old stand-up wrote: “I believe in giving back so I’m going to be donating my fee for the @BRITs to @fivexmore.
“They do extraordinary work and when the spotlight is on me I must shine it on others.”
Adding another post on Instagram, Mo continued: “Last year I had the year of my life.
“It was amazing, so I’m starting how I finished. I’m starting it by hosting the 2022 @brits award & I’m extremely exciting to be donating my @brits fee to @fivexmore_.
“They do amazing work in the community… give these ladies a follow to see the amazing work they do for maternal health.”
Mo was praised by his celebrity pals, including former Saturdays star turned TV presenter Rochelle Humes.
Last year mum-of-three Rochelle took part in the Channel 4 documentary Black Maternity Scandal, which shockingly revealed black women are four times more likely to die during pregnancy and childbirth than white women.
Commenting on Mo’s post, Rochelle said of the Five x More charity: “They are incredible.”
Singer Ray Blk added: “Incredible. I love what the charity does.”
BBC Radio 1 DJ Rickie Haywood-Williams also showed his support, adding: “Love this Mo.”
Mo has previously spoken out about his excitement at hosting the 2022 BRIT Awards, which has been presented by fellow comic Jack Whitehall for the past four years.
He said: “It’s an absolute privilege to host the 2022 BRIT Awards. I’m truly honoured to be asked.
“I promise we’re going to give it all – we’ve got to create an incredible night for music fans everywhere. Let’s go!”
Maya Jama and Clara Amfo will be speaking to celebs on the night for the BRITs Red Carpet show.
Adele – who recently released her fourth studio album, 30 – leads this year’s nominations with four nods.
She is up for Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Best pop/R&B category.
The 33-year-old is joined by Ed Sheeran, Dave and Little Simz, who also have four nominations apiece.
In November, it was announced the BRITs were scrapping the male and female categories in favour of gender-neutral awards.
Non-binary singer Sam Smith, previously nominated in the Best British Male category, had criticised the BRITs for lacking inclusion by keeping gendered awards.
But the decision has raised concerns that dropping the female categories in an awards previously criticised for its male dominance will lead to women being snubbed.
*The BRIT Awards 2022 takes place at The O2 Arena in London in February 8.
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