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Corn Exchange celebrates exceeding fundraising target

The Corn Exchange Newbury has announced that, with the incredible generosity of local people, its Save Your Corn Exchange campaign has now exceeded its £150,000 target, raising an incredible £154,539.80. With some final donations still being sent in, this sum is expected to rise.

Image courtesy of Holly Bobbins

Since launching the appeal in October 2018, the Save Your Corn Exchange campaign has received a huge amount of public support, including one-off donations totalling over £59,000, over £60,000 from trusts and foundations, and over 700 supporters have signed up to make monthly donations.

In June the Corn Exchange also held its first sponsored Colour Dash which saw around 450 people take part in either a 5k or a family friendly 1k run, being showered in colour as they made their way around the course before heading to the Colour Throw finale. 

Grant Brisland, the Corn Exchange’s Director says: "When people come together, extraordinary things can happen. The community’s generosity throughout the campaign has been both humbling and motivational. Your donations aren’t just keeping the doors of the Corn Exchange open, they enable us to welcome 150 young people every week for Youth Theatre; provide arts workshops for older people in care homes; deliver projects in schools supporting young people with confidence struggles; present outdoor shows that bring communities together; and so much more. With over 137,000 attendances last year, we are a critical part of the cultural life of local residents and we’re determined to ensure that future generations can enjoy the richness of the Corn Exchange as we do today."

Laura Jostins-Dean, Head of Business Development, says: "Over the last few years, donations from the local community have grown hugely and we are very grateful for this vital support. It makes a real difference to what we can provide for the people of Newbury and West Berkshire. Looking ahead, we need to continue to raise £200,000 each year to sustain all the wonderful work we do and maintain our beautiful building. We now know we can look to our loyal audiences and supporters to help us as we continue to thrive."

The Corn Exchange engages with over 137,000 people a year through its varied live events programme, extensive learning and participation work and free outdoor events. The money raised will help to sustain all that the Corn Exchange does, including their work in the community with young people, families and the over 55s; their Ageing Creatively programmes set in local care homes and community settings; their work in local schools providing creative learning opportunities; their Youth Theatre for young people aged 4 – 19; the free outdoor shows for everyone in Newbury and beyond; and will help maintain the beautiful listed Corn Exchange building.

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