Fringe partnership passes £500,000

Our long-running partnership with the Pleasance marked another milestone this week with the announcement that we’ve now raised £500,000 to support Waverley Care.

At the start of this year’s Fringe, we were £25,000 short of the mark, but as our volunteer money counters totted up last weekend’s collections, is was confirmed that the total had been reached.

The money raised at the Pleasance each August makes a huge contribution to our work – supporting people living with or affected by HIV and hepatitis C, and working with communities to prevent new infections.

Passing the half-a-million mark is an absolutely amazing achievement which shows how our partnership has grown since 1992.

At our first Fringe we only had a handful of volunteers and the Pleasance was still a relatively small venue. Fast forward to 2018, and around 120 people will get involved in bucketshaking at what has become the biggest venue at the Fringe.

With the end of the Fringe approaching, we’re now setting our sights on trying to make 2018 a record breaking year. That would mean exceeding the £37,970 collected at our twenty-fifth Fringe in 2016.

It’s a tall order, but if you find yourself in the Courtyard, or at Pleasance @ EICC, come and say hello to our volunteers and make a donation if you can.

In the meantime, we’d like to say a huge thank you to all of our amazing volunteers, our Pleasance family and our Fringe coordinators over the years who have helped us get to this point.