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3 August 2020

Morecambe Winter Gardens Launches Crowdfund Appeal – Preserve the People’s Palace  – Press Release 

The Morecambe Winter Gardens has launched a crowdfunding campaign to preserve the building.  The Trust has worked tirelessly over the past three months to mitigate the effect of Corvid-19 on the future of the building. Raising essential money to pay for the monthly overheads of £3000 and clearing the historic debts. However, loss of income, cancellation of all events and current restrictions has seen their income drop by 80%. Despite the record amount of external revenue raised £250,000 all of these were for essential building works and required matching funding.  Professor Vanessa Toulmin Chair of the Preservation Trust states 

2020 was the start of a new beginning for the Winter Gardens Morecambe, to start the new season we had planned a number of significant events to enable us to raise the additional £50,000 required to match the funds already received and to enable the essential heating and restoration work to progress from November 2020.    But overnight our income was lost, our dreams in tatters as events were cancelled, our spritely but elderly volunteers shielded and the future of the building once more in doubt.  We had to make the choice of running the building but facing a deficit on the funds required for the heating and possibly risk losing those grants.  

By using reserves, renegotiating the mortgage on the building and working with the Theatres Trust and Lancaster City Council the Preservation Trust who own the building with the help of the Friends, managed to secure enough income to pay the bills and our fixed costs of £3000 a month for five months. After concentrating on stabilising the building and appointing new Trustees to help, the next priority was putting in a Corvid compliance booking system to enable the Friends of the Winter Gardens to start their tours and open their café.  Professor Toulmin continues 

The Friends and the Volunteers are an essential part of the success of the Winter Gardens – our volunteers on a Tuesday and Wednesday have continued to work in the building to ensure it’s safe and secure and the Friends have now opened the café.  But we have lost over £50,000 of income  – income that was essential to pay for the heating costs and essential upgrades to the structure.  Our crowdfunding campaign has been put together with the volunteers and the Friends – the people who have for many years given their love and devotion to the building for the benefit of the people of Morecambe.  Without them there would not be a building to preserve.

The campaign launched today takes as its slogan the original name for the Winter Gardens complex, the People’s Palace – and the Trust and the Friends are hoping that the people of Morecambe, Lancashire and the world get behind their campaign.  They have also submitted a grant for match funding so hope that every penny raised will be matched and help them reach their target.

Listen to Bernie, Malcolm, Glyn and Jan – look at the marvellous work they have all done and please help us move onto our next phase as a strong Winter Gardens is a strong and successful Morecambe. Every penny raised goes back into the building, we are completely supported by volunteers, no one is paid, every does this for the love of the building for the love of Morecambe please help us in any way you can. 

Rewards are also offered including a ghostly night in the building for ten people, afternoon tea in the Royal Boxes provided by the Friends and a special tour of the building by Professor Vanessa Toulmin.  The campaign will run throughout the year with additional rewards offered as the target is reached.  For more details see #PreservePeoplesPalace – https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/winter-gardens-morecambe-the-peoples-palace

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