Watermans in Brentford has surpassed their fundraising target, pulling the struggling arts centre back from the financial brink.
Watermans suffered a body blow to their finances due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Despite securing a lifeline grant from Arts Council England and opening as soon as it safely could after the last lockdown, there was no guarantee Watermans would have been around this time next year.
In November, Watermans launched an emergency crowdfunding campaign to #SaveWatermans for future generations by donating to and raising awareness of the crowd funder.
On Christmas Eve organisers said they were ‘humbled and inspired’ after a groundswell in community support which culminated in well-over £100,000 in donations, greatly exceeding their initial target of £60,000.
Images above: photos from Watermans’ summer arts programme 2019
The team at Watermans said:
‘Wow! What an incredible result. Our community has got behind us in a way that has humbled and inspired us. There is really only one message for you today: you have saved Watermans. We will weather 2021. The conversation when our trustees meet in January will be a very different one.
‘We have made a grand total of well over £100,000, including your donations to our crowdfunding page, estimated gift aid and offline donations given directly to us.
‘We are so grateful to have been the recipients of true goodwill from our community and all of us here thank every single one of you who supported us – donating and sharing our appeal. For those who have become friends and patrons, our team will be in touch over the next couple of weeks.
‘And in the meantime, we wish you all the very best for a happy and healthy Christmas and New Year,
The Whole Watermans Team’.
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