A trust has set about the mammoth task of raising £300,000 to renovate a building at the heart of the community.
Last month, the Mercury revealed that the future of Wake House in North Street, Bourne, had been secured after Bourne United Charities purchased it from South Kesteven District Council.
The charity has granted a long lease to the building’s long-term tenant Bourne Arts and Community Trust, which had previously sought to secure the future of the building which has become dilapidated.
This week, the trust said it needed to raise £300,000 for the relevant renovation work, which will take place over a five-year period. The trust will be raising funds, launching a restoration appeal and putting in grant applications.
In a statement, it said: “One of our first priorities will be to restore the façade as we first did in 1999 when we took over the building. We will be upgrading the windows and other fixtures in keeping with its Grade II listed building status.”
It wants to start this work in the Autumn.
The trust has also met with South Lincolnshire Council for Voluntary Service and others to begin to identify potential sources of grant funding. A number of individuals have already indicated a willingness to donate towards the work.”
For the first stage of work, the trust needs to raise at least £50,000 and is hopeful that organisations, businesses and individuals in Bourne will support their fundraising efforts.
It will be writing to businesses and organisations over the next fortnight to ask for support.
Individuals who wish to help restore the building so that it is truly fit for purpose can donate directly to the trust and tax payers can gift aid their donation because Wake House is a charity.
Wake House supports more than 50 organisations in Bourne, many of whom provide services for disadvantaged members of the community. Organisations such as CAB, Dementia South Lincolnshire are based at Wake House.
If you would like to make a donation, send a cheque payable to Bourne Arts and Community Trust to 41 North Street, Bourne, PE10 9AE.
All donations will be acknowledged and corporate sponsorship donations will be acknowledged by a donors list which will be prominently displayed in the building.
A Freedom of Information request by Bourne historian Rex Needle has this week revealed that Bourne United Charities bought Wake House from the district council for £130,000.
Wake House was previously put on themarket by the council as an investment property in October 2010 with a proposed sale price of £250,000 although it was withdrawn two years later.