MAJOR BOOST TO RESTORATION FUND
The National Lottery Heritage Fund has confirmed a large contribution towards the Aqueduct Cottage Restoration fund.
The precise amount has yet to be confirmed but it is known to be sufficient to cover the majority of the building material costs. This is absolutely brilliant news and marks a significant milestone in the cottage restoration project. It also means that there is now sufficient funding (when added to the proceeds from the Buy a Brick campaign) to make a start on the restoration work, once planning consent is obtained, expected end June 2019. Whilst more funding still needs to be found to complete the structural building work (rough estimate £30K), making a start on the work this summer will enable DWT to meet it’s goal to get the cottage restoration completed by Spring/Summer 2020. This means the newly restored cottage will be open to the public in time for the bicentenary celebrations of the birth of Florence Nightingale.
The Buy a Brick campaign still has 5 more days left to run, so if you have not bought your brick yet and would like to have a stake in this exciting restoration go to: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/aqueduct-cottage or, call Lisa Witham (during office hours) at Derbyshire Wildlife Trust on 01773 881188 to make a direct donation. Step by step, we are getting there!