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Coronavirus: Emergency appeal reaches £40k for Harrogate Theatre

Coronavirus: Emergency appeal reaches £40k for Harrogate Theatre

Published by May Norman at 6:52am 26th May 2020.

Appeal hits £40k

  • A fundraising appeal to support Harrogate Theatre has hit a milestone.
  • Set up back in March, the appeal has now reached £40,000.
  • The venue - which receives a small amount of public funding - relies on revenue from ticket sales and is struggling since the coronavirus lockdown restrictions were introduced.

Harrogate Theatre has announced that its emergency appeal has reached £40,000.

Theatre bosses launched the appeal back in March in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

The venue - which receives a small amount of public funding - relies on revenue from ticket sales.

On March 17, 2020, Prime Minister Boris Johnson encouraged people to avoid theatres, pubs and restaurants to eliminate the spread of COVID-19 and was announced before lockdown restrictions were enforced.

The £40,000 raised so far has been generated through a combination of standalone donations, new White Rose Memberships, and a Sponsor a Seat scheme.

A significant chunk of that total has been achieved thanks to the donation of ticket monies from cancelled shows.

People have also carried out their own fundraising initiatives - such as Amelia Urukslo who has organised ‘Harrogate’s Greatest Dancer’ - an online competition, and Matt Pullan who took part in a 12 hour dance marathon at the weekend.

Theatre bosses have told Stray FM:

"Thank you to every single person who has contributed, and thank you to the brilliant team at Harrogate Theatre who have shown unwavering commitment and incredible passion to deliver vital results for our town’s beloved theatre."

For more information on the emergency appeal, please visit Harrogate Theatre's website.