Fun on the Fringe – 2016 Round Up

As the dust settles on another Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and the city’s residents emerge from hiding, we take a look back at a busy August in the Waverley Care fundraising team.

All Pleasance and correct…

2016 marked our 25th Fringe in partnership with the festival’s biggest venue, the Pleasance – and we marked it in style.

This year, we had more volunteer bucket shakers at the venue than ever before, raising a staggering £39,000, every penny of which was counted, bagged and banked by more of our amazing volunteers.

The ever popular Tartan Ribbon Comedy Benefit returned with a sell-out performance and we await to hear the final total raised. On the night, the audience was treated to an amazing line-up of comedians, including Mark Watson, Russell Howard, Lucy Porter and James Acaster. Check out the Pleasance behind-the-scenes podcast to hear from some of the acts.

Throughout the Fringe we also benefited from text donations at the sensational, sequin soaked Eurovision tribute, Eurobeat and bucket collections at acid-house inspired We Are Ian. We’re still waiting on the final total from these shows but will keep you posted.

Meanwhile, our efforts to celebrate the 25th year went from the sublime (a very civilised drinks reception in the beautiful surroundings of Lloyds Banking Group’s Scottish HQ on the Mound) to the ridiculous (Fringe performers riding spacehoppers down Calton Hill).

This record breaking year underlines the huge value we place on our friendship with the entire Pleasance family, not just in terms of the money raised to support people living with HIV or Hepatitis C, but also the opportunity to talk to people about our work and to raise awareness of these conditions. You can watch a fantastic video about the importance of the relationship to both Waverley Care and the Pleasance here.

Kerb Appeal…

Off the Kerb’s Comedy Gala, the self-styled biggest and funniest show at the Fringe, returned to the Edinburgh Playhouse in support of Waverley Care.

Almost 3,000 tickets were sold to the comedy showcase, and we’re waiting to hear how much the event raised.

Hosts, Al Porter and Joel Dommett headed a line-up of top comedians which included Seann Walsh, Shappi Khorsandi and many more.

Thank you to everyone at Off the Kerb and the Playhouse for continuing to support us with this fantastic event.

Cross Purposes…

The cast of Austentatious, the Fringe’s premier Jane Austen inspired improv comedy troupe, once again swapped bonnets for breeches in support of Waverley Care.

The ever popular Crosstentatious show raised lots of laughs, not to mention an amazing £190 through bucket collections, with the proceeds of ticket sales still to come through.

This was the fifth year that Austentatious has chosen to support Waverley Care. Thank you to the all star cast of buxom boys and dashing dames.

5 Guys Chillin’

Throughout the Fringe, SX, our health and wellbeing service for gay and bisexual men, teamed up with the cast and crew of 5 Guys Chillin – a funny, frank look at the world of ChemSex.

As well as supporting our work through distributing condoms, bucket collections at the show clocked in at £975. Staff from SX also joined the production for a special audience Q&A at the close of the festival.

Fresh from their Fringe success, the show is off to New York – good luck to everyone involved.

Clock Radio…

Inspired by our 25th Fringe with the Pleasance, and presumably fueled by vast quantities of caffeine, Fresh Air Radio presenters, Rosie and Owen, embarked on an epic 25-Hour broadcast.

The presenters invited donations throughout the night and local businesses sponsored hour long slots to raise a fantastic £280 for Waverley Care.

Over the years, Fresh Air, Edinburgh University’s local radio station, have turned endurance broadcasting into an art and we are incredibly grateful for the continued support.

Boho Chic…

Our friends at the Bohemians Lyric Opera Company marked their own anniversary this year with 10 years at the Fringe.

Over two nights, the group performed a selection of their greatest hits from the musicals.

We were invited along to bucket shake at the performances collecting £220 from the thoroughly entertained audiences.

And finally…

In what has been a record breaking year for Waverley Care at the Fringe, we are grateful to all the organisations, venues and performers who have once again supported our work.

A massive thank you must also go out to everyone who donated, and to each and every one of our amazing volunteers who shook a bucket, counted coins, made ribbons and helped out in the fundraising office to make this possible.