Danny Macaskill drops in to support the OneCity Trust with Underbelly

A special Fringe Gala show has been announced to take place with Danny MacAskill’s Drop and Roll, which will raise thousands of pounds for the OneCity Trust’s work fighting inequality and exclusion in the City of Edinburgh.

It follows the presentation of a cheque for £29,284 from Underbelly to the OneCity Trust this week (pictured) which was raised at Edinburgh’s Christmas and Edinburgh’s Hogmanay from tickets sold for the famous Torchlight Procession and the spectacular Silent Light, which also gave free tickets to communities working with the Trust across the city.

The Fringe Gala will take place on 7 August at 7pm at Underbelly’s Circus Hub on the Meadows with a dedicated performance of Danny MacAskill and Duncan Shaw’s Drop and Roll show from which Underbelly will give £15 from every ticket to OneCity Trust. 50 tickets to what is currently Underbelly’s most popular show this Fringe will also be given free to OneCity Trust beneficiaries.

Frank Ross, Right Hon Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh and President of the OneCity Trust, said: “A huge thank you to Underbelly and every single person who visited the Torchlight Procession and Silent Light last winter. By taking part, you have helped the winter festivals raise £29,000 for the OneCity Trust.

“This money will go directly towards supporting community initiatives in all corners of the Capital, helping us to fund fantastic projects which tackle poverty, inequality and exclusion. And, the best bit is, this is only the start! Underbelly’s brand-new summer event – The Fringe Gala – will star Danny Macaskill and Duncan Shaw and is bound to be an August hit. I’m thrilled the OneCity Trust has been chosen as the event’s official charity partner.”

Charlie Wood and Ed Bartlam, Directors of Underbelly said: “Underbelly is delighted to support OneCity Trust because it makes such a positive impact on local communities across Edinburgh now and for the future. The gala show of Drop and Roll will be one of those ‘only in Edinburgh’ moments at the Fringe and we’re so grateful to Danny and Duncan for helping make it happen, we are all looking forward to welcoming the 50 OneCity Trust beneficiaries to see this spectacular show. And Underbelly is currently working on new opportunities for Edinburgh’s Christmas and Edinburgh’s Hogmanay to continue to support OneCity Trust and to raise money to support the people of this city.”

Duncan Shaw, Drop and Roll Founder & Trials Rider, added: “We're delighted to support such a great cause on our doorstep. The whole Drop and Roll team are looking forward to the Gala performance and raising lots of money for OneCity Trust.”

What is the OneCity Trust?

The mission of the OneCity Trust is to fight inequality and exclusion in the City of Edinburgh. Established in 2003 in response to the OneCity report of the Lord Provost’s Commission on Social Exclusion, the Trust uses the idea of a ‘community foundation’ to give people and organisations a means to reach across the divides of the city and support those who are excluded from the community.

Recent studies have shown that Edinburgh is a wealthy city, with incomes 9% higher than the national average. However, this wealth is not shared with all in the city, as 22% of all Edinburgh households are living in relative income poverty.

Although homelessness is falling in Edinburgh, we have the highest homelessness application rate of all large urban Scottish local authorities.

People living in the most deprived areas of Edinburgh are twice as likely to die before 75 from heart disease when compared to the Edinburgh average.

The Trust fulfils its mission by initiating and funding projects in many areas, including education, social welfare, human rights, inequalities and poverty.

Its priorities are to support projects which actively bring people together from across divides, have long-term social inclusion benefits, are low-cost but high-impact, add value to existing initiatives, provide a rapid response to problems recently identified or offer innovative and collaborative methods for addressing social exclusion.

Find our more at https://www.onecity.org.uk/.

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