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Charities that made us smile on April Fools’ Day 2017

Charities that made us smile on April Fools’ Day 2017

It’s 1st April so some UK charities are having a laugh on April Fools’ Day.

1. Guide Mogs for the Blind

Guide Dogs extends the brand with Guide Mogs.


2. Quids in – or out

Third Force News have devastating news about the new £1 coin. It won’t fit into many charities’ collecting tins…


3. A colourful story

If you have got the blues about April Fools’ Day then you might enjoy this prank. It was all the more convincing because Cancer Research UK is the sponsor of the Boat Race, courtesy of a donated commercial sponsorship. 



4. Cool


5. Goosed by a duck

The National Trust has just discovered a second Bronze Age figure next to the Uffington White Horse. It is a duck.

We’ve discovered a second chalk animal next to the world-famous Uffington White Horse. Watch our video to find out how we’re working with our archaeologists to understand more about this Bronze-Age figure, and why we currently believe it might be the ancient symbol of a local tribe who venerated wild mallards.

Posted by The National Trust on Friday, 31 March 2017


No laughing matter

Sometimes some issues simply aren’t funny. So some charities use 1st April to make that point.



More April Fools’ Day charity pranks

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  • Did we miss any other charity April Fools’ Day jokes? Share them in the comments below.


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Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp.

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