Painshill Park Trust is delighted to announce that it has received £250,000 from The National Lottery Heritage Fund to help combat the financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Designed in the 18th century by Charles Hamilton, Painshill fell into ruins until it was saved by the Painshill Trust in the 1980s. Hamilton designed the garden as a walk through a work of art, taking the viewer past theatrically placed follies, a Serpentine lake, vineyard and a heritage collection of trees and shrubs.
Over the years, the Trust has been restoring each of the follies and recreating the views for the 140,000 visitors a year. It relies on ticket admission income for its survival.
Director of Painshill Paul Griffiths said: “The Painshill team are hugely relieved and overjoyed to have received this generous grant. These vital funds will go towards combating the financial impact of Painshill’s recent nine-week closure. We’re grateful that The National Lottery Heritage Fund is supporting us at this crucial time – it’s a lifeline to us and others who are passionate about sustaining heritage for the benefit of all.”
The funding, made possible by National Lottery players, was awarded through The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Heritage Emergency Fund. £50million has been made available to provide emergency funding for those most in need across the heritage sector.
The UK-wide fund will address both immediate emergency actions and help organisations to start thinking about recovery.
Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: “Heritage has an essential role to play in making communities better places to live, supporting economic regeneration and benefiting our personal wellbeing. All of these things are going to be even more important as we emerge from this current crisis.
“Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players we are pleased to be able to lend our support to organisations such as Painshill during this uncertain time.”
Like Painshill, other charities and organisations across the UK that have been affected by the unprecedented impact of the coronavirus outbreak are being given access to a comprehensive package of support of up to £600 million of repurposed money from The National Lottery. This money is supporting some of the most vulnerable people in our communities and span the arts, community, charity, heritage, education, environment and sports sectors.
Thanks to National Lottery players, £30 million is raised every week for good causes, including heritage of local and national importance. By playing The National Lottery, people up and down the country are making an amazing contribution to the nationwide-response to combatting the impact of COVID-19 on local communities across the UK.
To find out more about the National Lottery Good Causes, visit: www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/coronavirus-pandemic-response
This funding will help Painshill to recover from the financial damage the COVID-19 lockdown caused, specifically supporting its costs for four months. While this funding is a vital lifeline for the park’s immediate future, it will require additional support urgently to secure the charity’s long-term future.
To find out more about Painshill and how you can help today, visit: www.painshill.co.uk