Fundraising Update: February 2021

We are reaching an incredibly challenging stage of the project

“Our resolve remains just as strong, but there is no avoiding the fact that time is running out, and the continued impact of lockdown on our usual fundraising means that we are approaching an incredibly challenging stage of the Sports Campus project.”

Jo Ballantine

An update on the Campaign from our Director of Development, Jo Ballantine

The new Sports Campus building is due to be completed in the summer and opened to students in September. Can we still do it? With £230,000 still to raise, that depends very much on how much support we can secure in the crucial weeks ahead. Our resolve remains just as strong, but there is no avoiding the fact that time is running out, and the continued impact of lockdown on our usual fundraising means that we are approaching an incredibly challenging stage of the project. 

Have you seen inside the Sports Campus yet?

The roof is now going on, and normally, we’d invite you to come and see the building site with your own eyes. Instead, we’ve created a special preview of the Sports Campus, complete with video walkthrough, interactive floorplan, and loads of information about the fantastic features of this game-changing building. Please, do take the time to look through the page, and find out more about why this project is going to be so vital in helping rebuild student resilience, health and wellbeing as soon as we can open the doors. We hope you enjoy looking around, and agree that it’s going to be an inspiring place which, much like the Discovery Centre, will offer opportunities rarely provided in UK schools.

You can help even in lockdown…

There are plenty of things you can do right now to support the campaign, even from home in lockdown:

  1. Encourage and support student fundraising – despite everything else they have on their plates, students continue to fundraise for the Sports Campus. Their enthusiasm has impressed and inspired us no end – please do what you can to encourage, praise and support their efforts
  2. Suggest a corporate sponsor – we want to offer 10 local businesses the opportunity to become a sponsor of the pitch, with great networking and PR benefits. If you know a community-minded business which could be a good fit, please let us know
  3. Set a positive goal – take up one of our sponsored challenges (600 Minute Challenge, Yorkshire 3 Peaks, London Marathon), or create your own and fundraise along the way, with our help
  4. Share ideas and ask questions – please feel free to get in touch with me any time at jballantine@royallatin.org if you’d like to discuss the campaign, check on latest progress, or share an idea. Our virtual door is always open, and questions, suggestions and ideas always welcome. 

Thank you for your understanding at this challenging time. We’re determined not to compromise on what this special building will deliver for everyone; but accept that this means we may well have to appeal much more urgently for donations in the weeks ahead. I will update you on our progress again soon; in the meantime, warmest wishes to you and your families from the 600 Campaign team.

Jo Ballantine

RLS Director of Development

jballantine@royallatin.org

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