Big Fringe Round-Up 2019

We’ve come to the end of Waverley Care’s 28th year at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has been part of another incredible month of fundraising!

Our friends at the Pleasance

We were so excited to be back at the Pleasance and over 100 volunteers gave up their time to bucket shake at the Pleasance Courtyard and Pleasance at the EICC. As well as collecting donations from generous audiences, volunteers had the opportunity to talk to thousands of people about our work, HIV and hepatitis C.

Together they raised an astonishing £45,172!

This total includes post-show collections where performers told their audiences about Waverley Care, such as Young Pleasance and The Brunch Club at the Pleasance pop-up venue, Levels. In addition, a huge thanks must go to Edinburgh University Students’ Association who held collection cans across all of their bars at the Pleasance and passionately supported our efforts.

Every coin (and note!) collected was hand counted by yet more amazing volunteers, and with matched funding still to come courtesy of volunteers from Lloyds Banking Group, Wood Mackenzie, Mercer, Criterion, RBS and Phoenix Group, this total will continue to rise!

Alongside our bucket collections, the Pleasance hosted two fantastic shows, with all proceeds being donated to Waverley Care.

The annual Tartan Ribbon Comedy Benefit returned to the Grand with this year’s host Mark Watson. The amazing line-up featured Kiri Pritchard-Mclean, Jayde Adams, Pierre Novellie, Garrett Millerick, Loyiso Gola, Rosie Jones and Elements of Freestyle.

We also saw the return of Amusical with their one-off Fringe show in aid of Waverley Care. Hosted by Jayde Adams, Kiri Pritchard-McLean and Dave Cribb, the event featured Max & Ivan, Lost Voice Guy, Phil Wang and Rose Matafeo performing their favourite songs from musical theatre.

The proceeds from these one-off spectaculars will likely take our Pleasance fundraising well over £60,000 – marking the largest level of donations in the partnership’s 28-year history and taking our running total to over £580,000!

Off The Kerb’s Comedy Gala

2019 marked the 13th Off The Kerb Comedy Gala in support of Waverley Care.

The event was hosted by Josh Widdicombe and Joel Dommett, with the line-up including Dara Ó Briain, Suzi Ruffell, Jamali Maddix, Jon Richardson, Marlon Davis, Susie McCabe, Rosie Jones, Nigel Ng and many more! Thank you to everyone who bought a ticket – Waverley Care will receive all proceeds and we’ll share the fundraising total soon.

Crosstentatious

Another one-off Fringe show performed in aid of Waverley Care was the annual Crosstentatious! Our friends at Austentatious swapped their bonnets and breeches to improvise a new Jane Austen work, based on nothing more than a title suggested by the audience. Waverley Care will receive all proceeds from ticket sales and we can’t wait to announce their fundraising total.

Elsewhere at the Fringe

We were thrilled to partner with Loud and Proud, Scotland’s LGBT Choir, for our annual Loud & Proud at the Fringe concert! Once again we’ll receive all proceeds from ticket sales and will share their incredible fundraising total soon.

Our friends at the Bohemians delivered another fantastic Fringe show – a Bohemian Fairytale. We were delighted to bucket shake after their shows and raised £295!

We were delighted to team up with Edinburgh University Footlights for their production of RENT. The revolutionary rock musical follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished bohemians facing the battles of love, loss and HIV/AIDS in 90s New York. The fundraising team and SX joined the Footlights at rehearsals to talk more about living with HIV in the 90’s. Donations collected after their performances totalled £1,157, which Footlights will be matching to bring the total to £2,315!

Edinburgh Little Theatre brought the iconic musical comedy Avenue Q to the Fringe and organised a collection after performances for Waverley Care. We’re still counting their incredible donations, but expect the total to be over £750!

Fresh Air, Edinburgh’s student radio station, challenged themselves to a sponsored 24 hour show about the Fringe in support of Waverley Care. Presenters Jelena Sofronijevic, Olivia Swift and Brónagh Grace, plus a selection of special guests, chatted for 24 hours straight and raised £525!

The Two Moronnies were back at the Laughing Horse Free Fringe. After their hilarious show, Brexed Off, they generously organised a collection for Waverley Care and raised £585!

We’re so grateful for all of the support we’ve receieved during August, including donations from Gingzilla, Brewhemia, La Favorita and more!

And finally…

Before we add on proceeds from the amazing benefit shows and matched funding from our friends in the corporate world, our running total for the Fringe in 2019 is an incredible £56,286.

This is an astonishing figure and we would like to say another huge thank you to all the organisations, venues and performers who have supported us this year, our volunteers and everyone who donated.

Thank you!