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Tolethorpe car boot sale raises almost £6,000 for Stamford Shakespeare Company's 'Save Your Theatre' campaign

A car boot sale has raised almost £6,000 to help save Stamford Shakespeare Company.

It took place on Sunday in the car park at Tolethorpe Hall, where the company's renowned outdoor theatre is based.

Dozens of people turned out for the event, which was run with strict social distancing and safety measures in place.

A host of weird and wonderful items had been collected by members of the company which when combined with donations from local people meant there were some bargains to be had.

There was even a surprise appearance from Toad of Toad Hall, much to the delight of the bargain-hunters.

It comes as the theatre company tries to recoup the £240,000 in lost ticket sales due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Members of its board say it will not survive without the money.

A Just Giving page has so far raised more than £42,000 since the Save Your Theatre campaign was launched on August 28.

Caroline Stephenson, chair of SSC board of directors, said: “We are simply overwhelmed by the support from the local community.

"The fundraising initiative, Save Your Theatre, has touched the hearts of some many people and we are truly grateful to everyone who has made a donation.

"This Sunday, our members worked really hard at the car boot sale and managed to raise an astonishing £5,800 towards the fundraising initiative."

She added: "We are determined to ensure the survival of the theatre company and look forward to welcoming everyone back to our summer season of plays next year."

To help, visit www.justgiving.com/campaign/SSCsaveyourtheatre

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