Lancaster's Gregson Centre raises nearly £10,000 in first day of Crowdfunding campaign

The Gregson in Lancaster is set to reopen its doors as a community-led venue and is calling on locals to help make it happen.

Tuesday, 23rd March 2021, 12:29 pm
Updated Tuesday, 23rd March 2021, 1:53 pm
The charity has already secured £10,000 in match funding, meaning all donations received will have double the impact.

The charity has already secured £10,000 in match funding, meaning all donations received will have double the impact.

It launched the campaign on Monday March 22, and by the end of the day it had raised £9,247 in donations from 85 supporters.

It now needs just £753 from a further 15 people to secure the match funding.

The Gregson Community Arts Centre in Moor Gate is an iconic institution that has played a significant role in the creative and cultural life of Lancaster for more than thirty years.

When the Gregson reopens it will be run entirely as a charity by a board of trustees meaning all profits will be reinvested back into the community to enrich the cultural life of the city.

However, at this exciting time in the organisation’s history, it is also facing its biggest ever challenge.

Covid-19 forced the venue to close its doors last March leaving it with no income for over a year.

It launched the campaign on Monday March 22, and by the end of the day it had raised £9,247 in donations from 85 supporters.

Since then, a team of volunteers and trustees have been busy renovating the building and are now asking local people to help them get the Gregson back open as soon as possible, and

support its exciting plans to be at the heart of the local community.

The growing team of volunteers are committed to working with Lancaster residents to offer activities that meet the needs of their community in creative, fun and inclusive ways.

The café-pub and food offer will also be re-opened as a place to socialise and relax.

Billy Pye, chair of the Gregson Community Association, said: "It’s an exciting new beginning for the Gregson that’s been a bit scary at times.

"There has been so much love and support shown for the Gregson which has really helped along the way.

"The building is also looking great and we can’t wait to reopen and share it with everyone."

To support the appeal visit the Crowdfunder site at HERE.

The team at the Gregson is also encouraging people to spread the word about this campaign through social media using the hashtag #YourNewGregson.