2018 marked the sixth year of Underbelly producing Edinburgh’s Christmas on behalf of Edinburgh City Council. In 2018 saw the brand-new feature Silent Light which fused together the 2016 hit Street of Light and sell out Fringe show Silent Adventures. 50p from every ticket purchased from Silent Light was donated to 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.
Underbelly through Edinburgh’s Christmas chose to support OneCity Trust because of its simple and effective way to make a positive impact on local communities now and in the future.
Some of the projects in the City which OneCity Trust has funded include Edinburgh Tool Library, Fern’s Kitchen Catering, Fetlor Youth Club, Community One Stop Shop, Craigmillar Literacy Trust, Milan SWC, SABS, Big Hearts Trust, to name but a few.
A further 16,013 free Silent Light tickets were given away with 36 local charities benefiting, such as Aid and Abet who work with people leaving prison to help them in recovery and to avoid homelessness, Edinburgh Young Carers dedicated to working with and supporting young carers, North Edinburgh Childcare who provide flexible and affordable childcare enabling parents to access training and education, Barnardo’s Edinburgh who care for vulnerable children and young people and Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre.
Underbelly raised almost £20,000 through Silent Light donations, for this fantastic cause.
For more information on One City Trust visit – onecity.org.uk