Chairman’s cheque to Gainsborough’s house

Councillor Nick Ridley (centre) with his wife Jessie handing over a cheque to Gainsborough's House director Mark Bills. ANL-160801-165330001
Councillor Nick Ridley (centre) with his wife Jessie handing over a cheque to Gainsborough's House director Mark Bills. ANL-160801-165330001
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Sudbury museum and art gallery Gainsborough’s House is now £3,000 better off thanks to the fundraising efforts of Babergh District Council’s chairman.

On Thursday Nick Ridley and his wife Jessie presented a cheque to Gainsborough’s House - one of his chosen charities for the year.

“Having been involved with Gainsborough’s House for a number of years, I am excited about the plans they have to transform the childhood home of Thomas Gainsborough,” said Mr Ridley, who was previously a chairman of the museum.

“I hope that the funds raised will help them on their way with this project. It is very important for Sudbury.”

The money was raised from The Chairman’s Civic Reception, and other fundraising activities, as well as a donation from the Lord Belstead Trust, of which Mr Ridley is a trustee.

Mark Bills, director of Gainsborough’s House, said: “We are absolutely thrilled that Nick Ridley has chosen Gainsborough’s House as one of his charities.

“It is great to be recognised locally and we’re very grateful for the support from the local council.

“It’s an increasingly tough time for museums so such support really does make a difference.”