Tickling funny bones for charity

On Tuesday 27 February a host of comedy events will be taking place as part of Raising and Giving (RAG) week, during which staff and students take part in fun challenges and activities to support charitable organisations.

The comedy day will begin with “Jokes in the Square”  from 10am – 2pm. Those who fancy themselves as the next Michael McIntyre are invited to bring their best jokes to the gazebo, where they will be displayed for all to enjoy.

Also from 10am-2pm, the University will be visited by the Rag and Bone Clown School. This Victorian circus of steampunk clowns and characters will be jumping, juggling, hooping and spinning in support of great causes.  There will also be opportunities for personalised caricature portraits from 11am-2pm.

In the evening, from 5-7.30 pm, students, staff, and members of the public are warmly invited to attend a night of stand-up comedy otherwise known as “Give for Giggles”. Hosted by local comedian and University of Leicester alumni Alex Hylton, the event promises a unique opportunity for budding performers, stand-ups and writers alike to showcase their talent.

Slots are still available for those who would like to take part in the showcase, and can be booked here. Those who would like to attend the event should register their interest here. The event is operating a 'pay as you feel' donation upon arrival for you to watch the show, however a £5 donation is recommended for those who wish to attend.

The aim of RAG week is threefold- to celebrate the fantastic fundraising and giving activity already taking place at the University, to promote positive mental, physical and emotional wellbeing and to join together to raise even more funds for great organisations.

Marie Muir, from the Student Experience team, said: “RAG Week is something that historically has played a huge part in the university experience, with examples of events recounted in our University Archives. Our students do fantastic work to raise money for charity and volunteer in the community and we wanted to revive RAG Week as a way to celebrate some of their amazing achievements as well as provide the opportunity for more to get involved.”