Public crowd-funding appeal for regeneration project at St Peter's in Sudbury launches today
An ambitious project to revitalise one of Sudbury’s oldest community landmarks has turned towards the public to help raise the final £20,000 needed to move the proposals on to the next stage.
A new crowd-funding campaign, named Save the heart of Sudbury, launches today, seeking donations over the next eight weeks to reach the match-funding goal for plans to renovate and transform St Peter’s on Market Hill into a thriving community hub.
The initiative, spearheaded by the Churches Conservation Trust (CCT) and the Friends of St Peter’s, must reach the fundraising target to have a chance of securing £2.5million from the Heritage Lottery Fund to pay for new facilities and key structural repairs.
Alli Burke, development officer at St Peter’s, said she is excited by the thrill of the potential of what St Peter’s could be to the community, adding that it is essential the match-funding is completed by late May, if the grant bid is to progress further.
“We’re really happy with how the fundraising has been going,” she told the Free Press. “We have had some really positive support from grant foundations, and Babergh District Council has been very generous in its pledge, but we definitely need to reach the target by the time we go back to the Heritage Lottery Fund.
“The project is about saving the heart of Sudbury, so we thought Valentine’s Day was appropriate for the launch.”
She added: “It means different things to different people, but St Peter’s should be for everyone. Seeing the way that our audiences are developing, through events designed to appeal to a broader range of people is brilliant.”
Anyone who would like to contribute to the St Peter’s public appeal can visit either crowdfunder.co.uk/sudbury or www.visitchurches.org.uk/appeal.
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