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Car boot sale to be held as part of bid to raise £240,000 to save Stamford Shakespeare Company at Tolethorpe

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The first fundraising event in support of the campaign to save Stamford Shakespeare Company (SSC) is due to take place at the end of the month.

A car boot sale will be held in the car park at Tolethorpe Hall - home to the much-loved theatre company - on Sunday, September 27 between 10am and 3pm.

It has been organised by the theatre’s costume designer, Miriam Spring Davies, as part of the bid to raise £240,000 .

Tolethorpe Hall, home to Stamford Shakespeare Company
Tolethorpe Hall, home to Stamford Shakespeare Company

This is the sum the open air theatre has lost in ticket sales this season, and it desperately needs to recoup the cash to survive.

An online fundraising page in aid of the Save Your Theatre campaign has raised more than £25,000 in the two weeks since it launched.

Miriam said: “We’re going for it! Honestly, we’ve been completely blown away, not just with the overwhelming donations and generosity, but the words and letters of support too.

“It’s so encouraging to hear how beloved SSC is to so many. It’s making us fight harder, so many of the members are embarking upon challenges and fundraising activities, anything to help, we’re in it for the long haul!”

Caroline Stephenson, chairman of the board at SSC, said she hoped as many people as possible would attend the car boot sale to “grab a bargain”.

Save Your Theatre campaign. Photo: Nicholas Farka RED&ROUND
Save Your Theatre campaign. Photo: Nicholas Farka RED&ROUND

She added: “We have been overwhelmed by the support from the local community to our Save Your Theatre campaign.

“Our patrons have shown amazing kindness and generosity in their donations and the messages of encouragement have been fantastic.”

She added: “The current donations have exceeded £25,000. However we have a deficit of ticket revenue of over £240,000 so are busy working on ideas to continue the fundraising.”

Anyone wishing to donate items to sell is asked to drop them off at the gates of Tolethorpe Hall in suitable containers. Pitches cost £15 and there will be safety measures and social distancing in place. For more information email miriam@stamfordshakespeare.co.uk

To donate to the campaign visit https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/SSCsaveyourtheatre

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