Peter Kay reportedly spent his year off work raising money for a children's charity.

The comedian, 45, sparked concern when he cancelled his tour and all remaining work in 2017, and stepped out of the spotlight.

However, a new report suggests the funnyman has been keeping busy by working with the Lily Foundation, an organisation which is fighting to find a cure for Mitochondrial Disease in children.

The condition can cause seizures, vision and hearing loss, fatigue, cognitive disabilities, respiratory problems or poor growth.

Kay is believed to have raised £35,000 for the cause.

Peter's last professional gig was in April 2018 when he held a special screening of his sitcom Car Share at Blackpool Opera House.

According to the Daily Star , the event raised £34,620 for the charity, which will be used to fund research and support families affected by the condition.

The Lily Foundation was founded in 2007 by Liz Curtis, whose daughter Lily died from Mitochondrial Disease at just eight-months-old.

Liz said: "We can’t thank Peter and his team enough for this incredibly generous donation.

"For a small charity like ours this is a very significant sum.

"Not only has it helped raise awareness, it has also given hope and encouragement to all the families who live with this devastating condition every day.

"I know I speak for all our families in thanking Peter from the bottom of our hearts. He’s shown once again what a real star he is."

The funnyman announced he was cancelling his first tour in eight years in a shock announcement in December 2017.

"Due to unforeseen family circumstances, I deeply regret that I am having to cancel all of my upcoming work projects," he announced, just a week after appearing on Strictly Come Dancing .

He made a rare public appearance in Blackpool on a family day out last weekend.

Peter was all smiles as he soaked up the Easter bank holiday sunshine and posed with staff from Heritage Tram Tours.

A post shared to the company account joked, "We do love a celebrity passenger on our tours, when we can't get one @ PeterKay_co_uk will do instead! He kindly allowed a a photo with the driver and conductor on Boat 600 this afternoon."

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