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Development Update November 2014
Mannofield Church Heart of the Community Project
Earlier this year we set a challenge to the congregation, hall users and others to raise as much money as possible in the three months to June with the incentive being an offer from an individual to match fund what was raised up to £50,000. We surpassed this amount with the sum raised of £74,670 bringing the total raised to end July of £1,098,359. Fund raising has continued since then and many and varied have been the events –
Whisky Tasting; Fraserburgh Half Marathon (£3000 sponsorship for Keith Blackwood at the time of going to press); Sale of unwanted silver and gold which raised over £2500; the sale of Dinky toys; the repeat concert by Claire Telford and Wayne Robertson on 22 November; which raised £2080 and the sale of a DVD.
This DVD was produced by Jim Ruxton and features the 1993 Mannofield St Andrew’s Night celebration and the 1994 Mannofield May train outing to the Kyle of Lochalsh. You can still get a DVD from Jim – cost £5 - by contacting him at 01224 31608 or firstname.lastname@example.org
With the income from these and other fundraising events plus the additional £15,000 grant pledged by the Church of Scotland the sum raised to date is £1.20 million. We expect this sum to increase as a member of the Congregation has pledged to match what the congregation raises by donations and fundraising in the period from 1 September to 31 December 2014 up to a maximum of £25,000. Although anonymity has been integral to these matching schemes, we are so grateful for the extreme generosity of the individuals concerned.
As things stand, based on estimates, we might need a further £100,000 to start construction by May/June 2015. This seems a lot. However, we believe that the estimated figures for the cost of the required work may come down as we put the work to tender. Moreover the Trust team has been hard at work in identifying and applying to suitable trusts and has had some success from the many applications submitted.
Exciting times lie ahead. In the coming months let us keep up the good work, sharing together the sense that collectively we are all part of making this vision for our buildings a reality in the very near future.