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Get funny while fundraising with Hugh Dennis, Simon Brodkin, and Rachel Parris

Words by Abi Scaife

Names like Hugh Dennis and Simon Brodkin will return to London’s West End for the annual charity fundraiser April Foolery.

Arranged by London-based arts charity Eastside, this year’s April Foolery is an extra special one as it marks the charity’s 30th anniversary.

April Foolery is an annual comedy event set up by Eastside to raise funds for The Lund Fund, set up in memory of David Lund, former English teacher of Matt Lane, CEO/Artistic Director of Eastside.

Eastside Educational Trust is a London-based award-winning provider of arts educational workshops and programmes to children and young people from the most under-served communities across the country and is one of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations.

Last year, Smiley Movement was honoured with an invite to April Foolery - and what an incredible night it was! 

We even had a cheeky peek behind the curtain, at comedian Hugh Dennis, who also benefitted from David Lund’s teaching.

After the beloved teacher’s death, a £10,000 donation made its way to Eastside, courtesy of his estate, and it was only when CEO Matt Lane looked into it further that he realised it was from his former teacher.

Matt fondly remembers David’s love of comedy and jazz, and so set up the annual fundraiser April Foolery, with proceeds going to Eastside’s Lund Fund. The Lund Fund supports creative opportunities for underserved young people across the country, 

This year, you can see incredible names like Rachel Parris, Rajiv Karia, and Jenny Eclair - along with many more hilarious comedians.

The event will take place on Monday 15th April at 7:30 pm at the Criterion Theatre, London.

You can find out more about Eastside, April Foolery, and how to book tickets, here on the Eastside website.

Charity check-in 

At Smiley Movement, we like to elevate the work of charities across the world. Here are three charities whose causes align with the themes in this article. 

Save The Children UK. Save the Children is a UK charity for children that works in over 100 countries to make sure children are fed, learning and treated fairly. Learn more here.

Barnardo’s. This is a children's charity that protects and supports children and young people in the UK who need them. Find out more here.

Create. Create is the UK's leading charity empowering lives, reducing isolation and enhancing wellbeing through the creative arts. Support them here.

This article aligns with the UN SDGs Reduced Inequalities and Partnerships for the Goals.

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