Taylor’s Bellfoundry Lottery project takes a step forward

Taylor’s Bellfoundry Lottery project takes a step forward

The Loughborough Bellfoundry Trust is delighted to confirm the appointment of marketing partners Jennie Holland PR and Ginger Root, which will provide PR and brand and website services respectively for the historic Taylor’s Bellfoundry in Loughborough.

Alongside these partners, fundraising and sponsorship expert Nicole Newman has been appointed to provide specialist fundraising advice.

All appointments are funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) to help develop proposals for the restoration of the Bellfoundry, prior to submitting a second-round funding bid to the Lottery in 2020.

The Trust recently received initial National Lottery support* for the restoration of Taylor’s Bellfoundry which is the only remaining major Bellfoundry in the UK. Made possible by National Lottery players, the project aims to restore key parts of the Grade II* listed building which is currently on the Historic England Heritage at Risk Register. The aim is to restore the buildings, enhance the commercial operation, attract more visitors and increase awareness and understanding of the importance of Taylor’s.

Development funding of £298,600 was awarded by the NLHF (formerly the Heritage Lottery Fund) in 2018 to help the Loughborough Bellfoundry Trust progress the plans. This is the first phase in a bid for £3.7 million from the NLHF, which it is proposed will be matched with funding from a number of sources including a fundraising campaign which will be launched shortly. Subject to a successful second-round bid, work is expected to start on the Bellfoundry in 2020.

Commenting on the appointment, Jennie Holland, Managing Director of Jennie Holland PR said:

“As a team we have a passion for heritage and protecting it for future generations and work on a number of other important renovation and restoration projects. This work is important and incredibly interesting, and we are looking forward to working closely with the Loughborough Bellfoundry Trust to communicate Taylor’s restoration project, as well as build awareness and excitement for the new and improved facilities that will make the Bellfoundry a global centre for the art of bell making and learning.”

Commenting on the appointment, Nicole Newman, Director, Nicole Newman Fundraising & Sponsorship, said:

“We are delighted to be working with the Loughborough Bellfoundry Trust to provide fundraising support and advice.  The Bellfoundry is one of the most important heritage sites in the Midlands and we look forward to contributing to this vital restoration project.

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