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Virtual Bucket Shakes (August 2020)

Bucket shaking has always been a huge part of Waverley Care's fundraising, from the bright lights of theatre to the cold and breezy street collections. Although we can no longer collect donations in person, we'd love you to shake a virtual bucket!

This August, over 100 of our incredible Edinburgh Fringe volunteers would have been shaking their buckets at the Pleasance to collect donations for Waverley Care. For the first time in 29 years, our buckets and tartan ribbons will remain in storage. 

With the cancellation of the Fringe, we're also expecting a significant loss of donations. Our money counting machine will stay switched off, without the huge £40,000 in coins normally collected.

However, this isn't going to stop us fundraising and we're asking you to shake a virtual bucket this month instead!

Creating a virtual bucket shake is a really easy way to support Waverley Care this summer. Whether you're a seasoned bucket shaker, or new to fundraising, your support will enable our key workers to continue being there for people who need support with HIV, hepatitis C and sexual health - especially those who are particularly vulnerable or isolated during this difficult time. 

To get started, create your online fundraising page with:

Include why you're fundraising - here's two examples:

  • "Each year Waverley Care raises over £40,000 from bucket shaking at the Edinburgh Fringe. I'd normally be volunteering at the Pleasance this August, but you can donate to my virtual bucket shake instead!"
  • "Throughout lockdown, Waverley Care's key workers have been delivering HIV medication, ensuring HIV positive mothers have access to baby formula, and providing online and phone support to people affected by HIV and Hepatitis C throughout Scotland. Help me raise funds for this important work by donating to my virtual bucket shake!"

Friends and family can donate whatever they can afford, and you can download our images below to promote your fundraising. It only takes a few minutes to get set-up and we're here to support you with every shake!  

Post about your virtual collection on social media as soon as you create your page, and then share regular updates about how much you’ve raised. Facebook and Virgin Money Giving will collect all your donations securely online and send the money straight to us.

Find out more

If you'd like to speak to us about creating a virtual bucket shake, or other fundraising ideas, contact Holly at

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