Town museum joins challenge to raise money

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Gainsborough’s House will be hoping for double donations this week as part of a fundraising challenge.

The museum and gallery – based at the home of Sudbury’s most famous artist, Thomas Gainsborough – has been selected to take part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge, which runs until Saturday.

The annual three-day event will see the museum compete against 9,000 other organisations – with each one hoping to raise thousands of pounds.

Donations must be given as near to 10am on each of the three days, with these funds then doubled by the Big Give.

With donations only matched until the daily cash fund runs out, which could be within minutes, speed is key.

“We did it last year and we raised thousands, so it’s definitely worth doing,” said Sue Starling, marketing manager at the museum.

Any funds raised will go towards the museum’s education programme.

Gainsborough’s House already runs a museum club for adults with learning difficulties and a number of art classes for children and young people.

Mark Bills, museum director, said: “We want to improve our series of activities and events for children and vulnerable adults, who will learn to appreciate art and art history as well as developing knowledge and skills in arts and creativity.

“Please help us by encouraging as many friends and neighbours to take part.

“It is very important that donations are made as close to 10am as possible, as we are competing with other charities.”

Donations to the museum can only be made by visiting and registering to donate.