Friends win £1000 for #HarrisYourPlace
The Harris’ charity, the Friends of the Harris, have won £1000 against stiff competition from almost 14,000 charities nationwide.
The Movement for Good awards competition was run by specialist insurer Ecclesiastical, which is giving £1million to charities this summer. The cash will be used to support the Harris’ ambitious redevelopment, #HarrisYourPlace, which will benefit thousands of local people and visitors to Preston.
Members of the public were invited to nominate causes close to their hearts,
with 500 gifts of £1,000 available from #MovementforGood. 13,695 charities were nominated by an amazing 253,879 members of the public. Hundreds of Harris supporters including visitors, volunteers and Friends’ members nominated the Friends of the Harris.
Mary Grasar, Chair of the Friends, said, “We are delighted to have won a Movement for Good award. It demonstrates just how much the Harris is loved and supported by local people. We are very grateful to Ecclesiastical and to all of the Harris fans who nominated the Friends. #HarrisYourPlace will revitalise the Grade I listed Harris building for the next 100 years, with spaces and services which meet the needs of Preston and Lancashire people now and in the future. All of the money that we raise locally helps us to generate larger national grants which will ensure the full £10 million project goes ahead. We are well on the way!”
Staff and supporters of the Harris have now raised well over £4 million of the £10million #HarrisYourPlace project cost. The Harris will make a final £4.5million application to National Heritage Lottery Fund in November 2020, having already succeeded at the first round.
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Written by Hilary from the Harris Team
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