The News Shopper website reported that O'Keefe was in the middle of his stand-up routine at the charity fundraiser in Chislehurst, Kent, when he clutched his stomach and left the stage. Paramedics were called to the venue and O'Keefe was taken to Queen Mary's Hospital in Sidcup, where he was treated for abdominal pain. A spokesman for Help a London Child said: "Everyone thought it was part of the act until someone came on stage and told them what had happened."
O'Keefe is well-known as a warm-up act for the likes of Bernard Manning, who also makes many people sick to the stomachs.
The children of Edinburgh could also do with some laughter in their lives according to Place2Be, a charity that offers counselling services through schools in the Scottish capital. The charity told The Scotsman that children as young as four were depressed. Benita Refson, its chief executive, said: "There are a growing number of children who are very troubled and unhappy in primary school."
One group of people that rarely attracts much sympathy - journalists - could be given a boost by the opening of a care home for elderly hacks and their dependants, set to welcome its first residents within eight weeks.
Finishing touches are being put to the Journalists' Charity home, which is on the site of a home that was demolished in September 2005. The HoldtheFrontPage website reported that the new home in Dorking, Surrey, is called Pickering House and has 20 ensuite bathrooms. There is also a library, chapel, hairdressing salon and gym - but strangely there's no sign of a bar.