SEDBURY Space, the group behind the push to create a new community area in Sedbury, launched their fundraising campaign on the weekend.
Recently the group received a £25,000 grant to upgrade the facilities but that only covers a portion of the £55,000 to completely revamp the Gaff Youth Club building on King Alfred’s Road.
To help make up the difference and show the community support for the project the group is trying to raise £5,000 and is offering rewards for the donations it receives.
The fundraising campaign was launched with the help of the kind of groups that will use space in the future.
The Gaff Youth Club and students from Amie’s Street Dance class each performed in Sedbury on Saturday, 13th May before calling on the crowd to join them in a group dance.
The event was filmed and features on the group’s fundraising page.
The chair of the Sedbury Space committee Janice Hamilton said: “We are trying to raise £55,000 but we have a grant of £25,000 and we are aiming to get £5,000 locally so we get local stakeholders and encourage local support in the project.”
Mrs Hamilton said the event on the weekend will hopefully spread the Sedbury Space cause to a wider audience and show how it will bring the community together.
She said: “It was also demonstrating that something that was just a youth club is now for the whole community.
“Hence the kids starting it off and then the crowd joining in showing that this is something for everybody, not just the youngsters.”
Donations can be made through the website www.crowdfunder.co.uk/sedbury-space
Thanks to the contributions of a number of local businesses, more than 20 types of rewards are available for different donation amounts.
These range from a cake and a drink at the Sedbury Space opening for a £5 donation or a cheese cake from Two Rivers Cake Co. for £8 all the way up to a day of paintballing for a donation of £150.