Comedian Joel Dommett is set to take on one of the most demanding challenges of his career to raise money and awareness for Stand Up To Cancer. Attempting to gatecrash 100 Edinburgh Festival Fringe shows in 24 hours, Joel will be drafting in his talented friends and festival-goers and calling on their support to get him from one show to the next in quick-fire time.
From the weird and wonderful, stand-up comedy to contemporary dance and big venues to living room enactments, Joel will visit them all creating a huge buzz across the city, all in the name of Stand Up To Cancer.
From 12pm on Thursday 16th to 12pm on Friday 17th August, Joel will be ping-ponging his way around Edinburgh to interrupt an average of one show every 15 minutes and rally support for Stand Up To Cancer, which returns to Channel 4 with another campaign evening later this year.
Joel is a passionate supporter of Stand Up To Cancer and felt compelled to take on the challenge after his father was recently given the all-clear from prostate cancer.
He says: "I'm really excited, but also terrified at the same time, to take on this epic gatecrasher challenge for Stand Up To Cancer. I'm hoping my friends and their wonderful audiences will help me out a bit, and fingers crossed I'll be able to get around to all 100 shows in time. Who knows what state I'll be in by the 100th show, but I'll be reminding everyone that it's all to raise money for lifesaving research. Surely, any half-asleep visits will be forgiven!
"It's going to be an intense 24 hours but I'm going to be thinking a lot about my dad to get me through it. It's thanks to research that he's still here so I want to do everything I can to support Stand Up To Cancer's work.
"Stand Up To Cancer funds research to find new and better treatments and tests for cancer patients. Research is just so important and I'm really excited to be doing my bit to support it. Now I just can't wait to get started - let's do this!"
Stand Up To Cancer is a joint national fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4, which raises money to accelerate ground-breaking cancer research that will save lives. Since it launched in the UK in 2012, more than £38 million has been raised and over 40 trials and projects have been funded, involving more than 10,000 cancer patients.
Joel will be attempting the challenge in Edinburgh during 16th and 17th of August. To follow his progress, keep an eye on Stand Up To Cancer's Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.
To find out more visit standuptocancer.org.uk/gatecrasher.
Text JOEL to 70404 to donate £5 (+1 standard rate message. Ages 16+ only. T&Cs at SU2C.org.uk/terms)