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Eastside’s April 2024 Updates

Eastside’s April Updates

Dear Friends of Eastside, 

I hope you’re doing well and enjoying spring.

April Foolery 2024

Last week we hosted April Foolery, our annual fundraising Gala event in the West End. It was a wonderful evening of stand up comedy and poetry in London’s glittering Criterion Theatre. 

Stars of the UK’s stand up comedy scene took to the stage, including Jenny EclairSimon BrodkinJordan GrayAlasdair Beckett-KingSteve PuntRajiv KariaBella HullMark Thompson and hosted by long-time friend of Eastside, Hugh Dennis.

Jenny Eclair on stage at The Criterion - April Foolery 2024. Photo credit: Katy Gorniak

A massive thank you to all who attended and helped to make April Foolery the great success it was.

We raised £29,327 towards our Lund Fund goal of £1 million, bringing our total so far up to £86,613! 

Can you help us reach our target £100,000 by the end of the year?

Support Us

Sadly, it is a challenging time for so many young people across the UK with 30% growing up in poverty. Schools are under great pressure and facing budget restrictions. The arts and cultural education opportunities, are being reduced or in some cases cut completely. This is why your support will help us more than ever in delivering life changing creative and cultural opportunities to those young people who need it the most.

If you haven’t yet donated to this wonderful cause, help us reach our target of raising £100k by the end of 2024. You can donate via our website.

Every donation we receive, large or small, helps to fund the important work we do, and allows us to expand our reach and help even more young people.

Eastside Angels

Eastside is seeking to bring together up to 30 Eastside Angels who will get to know Eastside really well, be welcomed as VIPs at our events and programme activities and become part of an exclusive group who, as Angels, can make a real difference to the lives of the most underserved children and young people across the country. Our Eastside Angels who will act as ambassadors for Eastside’s work and help us build a new stream of unrestricted income to support the vital work that we do with children and young people across the country.

Eastside Angels will:

  • Become empowered to act as advocates for the work Eastside undertakes
  • Contribute a minimum of £1000 annually for a proposed period of three years
  • Join an exclusive group of philanthropists able to network professionally and exchange ideas
  • Be invited as VIP guests to all Eastside culmination events and activities
  • Open up new networks of funders and philanthropists to support the charity’s work
  • Receive a special Eastside Angels newsletter as well as the latest information on Eastside’s strategic plans and impact data

If you are interested in becoming an Eastside Angel, or know somebody who is, please get in touch.

Working towards a future in which all young people’s creativity is nurtured and celebrated