(The “Hall for All” project will raise the pathway to the Grisdale Room and main entrance to allow not only wheelchair access but make the general use easier and safer for all, particularly at night or in slippery conditions)
Portinscale “Hall for All” Fundraising Programme reaches its target
The “Hall for All Project” fundraising which was launched at the Soup and Sandwich lunch on 6th October has now successfully raised the funding required for the project. The total cost, including some necessary re-rendering of the front wall, is approximately £28,000. Grants towards the costs of the project have been awarded by
The Big Lottery - £8940
The Hadfield Trust - £5000
United Utilities Legacy Fund - £3000
The Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation - £5000
The Foyle Foundation - £2000
We are very grateful to all these organisations for their generous support of our project: support that makes the whole project viable.
In addition, we have had an excellent response from villagers and from users of the hall. The Grand Raffle, which was drawn at our Burn’s Night celebration, raised the magnificent sum of £1175. This exceeded our expectations and we are indebted to all the local businesses who provided such attractive and generous prizes. A further £2500 has been raised through individual donations and events. The Trustees greatly appreciate the support of local people who have yet again given unstintingly to our projects.
We are now all set for the work to start in a few weeks. First of all, the rendering along the front of the main hall will be repaired and replaced where necessary by M and K Builders, Keswick Ltd and then DSR Landscaping will begin levelling and preparing the new wheelchair access. Of course, progress depends on the weather but we hoping that the work will be finished by late spring. DSR intend to make the hall as accessible as possible to users whilst the work is underway, although there may be some unavoidable noise at times. Fingers crossed, the next edition of Portinscale Newsround should include photographs of the finished work.