More great news
Since we started fundraising in January 2019, we have raised almost £50,000 (including the grant). Thank you everyone who has donated, helped fundraise, submitted ideas, advertised, chivvied, counted money, supported the various events etc. I shan’t name anyone in the fear of missing someone out, but you know who you are. THANKS!!
We have had a lot of fun on the way, making music, walking along the Itchen Way, being creative with the Talents challenge, gathering and selling clothes and plants, touring and dining on MV Aurora, Dancing (both Tea and Barn), the Flower festival, serving refreshments at concerts, giving and listening to talks, buying stuff online (Easyfundraising and Amazon Smile) and joining in with the 200 club.
Initially, we were quoted for far more expensive systems than we need and so our aspirations were that we would take 3 or 4 years to raise £250,000. After success in obtaining grants for the gutters, kitchen and hall, we were hopeful that a large part of this would be from grants. In reality, there are very few grants available for schemes such as this (Thank you again to Allchurches Trust!) and we didn’t actually need this much money when we looked again at how we might satisfy our needs of lighting, audio visual and decoration.
We had lots of plans to continue fundraising this year to fulfil the project. Then the Pandemic struck, events were cancelled and funding for everything stopped. Thus, future fundraising for Project Aurora has ceased, as any fundraising at St James’ for the foreseeable future will have to be directed to the General Fund.