The Zebraphiles first started raising money for MS-UK in 2018 thanks to our leader at the time Grace Catchpole. Her hard work and dedication to fundraising led to her deservedly being named MS-UK’s Fundraiser of the Month in February 2019.
The Zebraphiles are a university sketch comedy group, predominantly made up of medical and dental students. We write and perform sketches, songs and videos about university life, what it’s like training to work in the NHS, and anything else that makes us laugh. Each year we run our own show, perform at university events, and compete in an annual revue against other medical school comedy groups.
This year, we knew that we wanted to continue the tradition Grace had started and use our show as an opportunity to raise money for a cause close to our hearts. I contacted Lucy to let her know what we were planning to do and was overwhelmed by the support and encouragement I received. She sent us some banners that we were able to hang around the performance hall alongside information about MS-UK. We also managed to find the t-shirts Lucy sent us last year after a small search party was dispatched into the depths of the drama society’s props cupboard. With the cast working hard in rehearsals and our head of social media promoting the show around campus, preparations were well and truly underway.
On Friday 13th December, we performed our first ever two-act show to a sell-out audience! We donated £1 from each ticket and the bar staff were proudly wearing their MS-UK t-shirts, encouraging audience members to donate any spare change into the collection buckets around the hall. It was a fantastic evening for both the cast and audience!
We were immensely proud to be able to use what we do for fun as an opportunity to raise money for such an important cause.