I don’t know about you, but I love seeing what organisations come up with for April Fool’s Day and whether they’ll catch me out or not. Over the years, charities have been upping their April Fool’s game and some of their stories are really convincing! Here are a few that I spotted. Were you fooled by any?
Kudos to RNLI for this fantastic video on innovative ideas over the years that failed. Very funny!
We pride ourselves on being an innovative charity, but not all our life-saving ideas are successful. Here's a look through our archives at some intriguing concepts that never quite took off… 🤔 pic.twitter.com/y3JNFx2oEh
— RNLI (@RNLI) April 1, 2018
Did you know that the National Trust’s highly trained Canine Curators can sniff out a masterpiece and spot a fake? Impressive! Also, do you have to be a dog whisperer to get a job as a Canine Liaison Conservator? Asking for a friend…
We’ve discovered that dogs are able to sniff out a masterpiece. Watch our video to find out about our ground-breaking research with highly trained pooches. pic.twitter.com/OF0Bhe19nI
— National Trust (@nationaltrust) April 1, 2018
The Bike Project
The Bike Project, which gets refugees cycling, announced that they were launching a new project – Refuskis!
Fields in Trust
To be honest, this could actually have been true! They definitely had me fooled.
We're deeply concerned to learn of plans by one town council to sell their green space and replace it with virtual reality headsets in return for a short-term cash hit.
— Fields in Trust (@FieldsInTrust) April 1, 2018
Battersea Dogs and Cats Home
Since April Fool’s Day fell on Easter Sunday, Battersea announced it was now taking in bunnies too, in addition to dogs and cats. Battersea Bunnies, Dogs and Cats Home does have a nice ring to it, don’t you think?
From now on, as well as re-homing cats and dogs, we’ll be welcoming bunnies to Battersea! 🐰💙 pic.twitter.com/EK5V19DrpG
— Battersea (@Battersea_) April 1, 2018
Also tapping in to the April Fool’s Day/Easter connection, Girlguiding announced their new ambassadors in this cracking tweet.
We're so egg-static to introduce our newest ambassadors. Meet Rainbow Eggna, Brownie Eggwina, Guide Megg and Senior Section Member Shelley. We hope you'll join us in wishing them a cracking time as ambassadors. pic.twitter.com/gSqAgXVD0C
— Girlguiding (@Girlguiding) April 1, 2018
For April Fool’s, the Scouts tried to convince us that their founder was in fact the inventor of the hashtag. #PullTheOtherLeg
Amazing news! Baden-Powell, Founder of the Scouts, has now officially been credited as the inventor of the hashtag.
‘Scouting is the original social network,’ says Bear Grylls, Chief Scout, ‘and this is further proof that B-P was ahead of his time.' pic.twitter.com/ToTiAP6e6Y
— Scouts (@scouts) April 1, 2018
This was very clever from the overseas development agency of the Irish Catholic Church!
Trócaire issues URGENT product recall of Trócaire Lent box, model number 2018 due to leaking coins. See full details https://t.co/OYkshxlUi6
— Trócaire (@trocaire) April 1, 2018
The International Development charity, based in Uganda, announced that they were opening a new social enterprise – a dinosaur park! Roar!
Did you spot any others that we’ve missed? Tweet us at @Lightful to let us know!