Help us to finish The Ledward Centre fit out

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Project by Christopher Gull

Total raised £49,913

raised so far

222

supporters
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To complete the fit out of the lower ground floor to accomodate classrooms/meeting rooms,cinema,gallery and new toilet block!

We're still collecting donations

On the 4th January 2024 we'd raised £48,202 with 216 supporters in 57 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

Having successfully completed the cafe and reception area on the ground floor with last year´s Crowdfunder, we have spent the last year creating the shells of the rooms and areas which will really open up TLC for meetings, classes and events in the huge former retail space downstairs. 

We have had the  phenomenol opportunity with this Crowdfunder campaign of being offered matchfunding (by Access-The Foundation for Social Investment) on all donations (up to £150) of three times the donation.

Now that we have reached our target that generous matchfunding has come to an end, BUT we have also had pound for pound matchfunding  from AVIVA Foundation and this continues, as does our campaign! Every donation will continue to be doubled thanks to AVIVA Foundation 

The completion of this phase will bring further opportunity to grow the centre and ensure sustainability for the future by generating more income to support the centre to grow,

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We also started our "Make Your Mark" project which is creating a mammoth progress flag 5 metres by 3 metres in the reception area made up of 6000 individual ceramic tiles each created by individual donors. The virtual walk through video illustrates what that will look like. Many of our rewards in this campaign include creating tiles to populate our beautiful community wall.

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Create and fix your tile here, and tell us your story, or that of somebody you´d like to memorialise, and become a permanent part of our community´s history."Buy" your tile with a £20 donation, and release an extra £20 in match funding.

By completing the fit out  we can increase our capacity as a warm hub during the Winter months, as well as our ability to reduce the experience of loneliness, social isolation and consequent effects on physical, emotional and mental health and wellbeing (which disproportionately impact our LGBTQ+ communities) by organising more events, classes, meet ups, lunch and supper clubs, including "pay what you feel you can" opportunities, including for food.

We now need a last push to fit out these spaces and realise our ambitions to build on the benefits which we have already acheived using the cafe upstairs by making full use of the opportunities that will be opened up for us, and making the centre truely sustainable.

As you will see from the virtual walk through video this will create:

  • Cinema/Large meeting Room
  • Central Lounge
  • Gallery
  • Community Radio Studios
  • Classrooms/Smaller meeting rooms
  • Kitchen/Diner/Lounge for groups to meet and prepare and share meals together
  • Youth room
  • A new toilet block (we currently have just the one toilet)

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£20 or more

Create a tile for the Make Your Mark project

Create your tile to be part of our beautiful, huge, progress flag made up of 6000 tiles to fill the wall 5 metres by 3 metres. The "Make Your Mark" project will reflect the diversity and history of our LGBTQ+ communities

£15 or more

Ticket for Supper Club..From Gay Day to Pride:Su

An intimate, relaxed evening, to mark the start of LGBT History Month with a simple delicious Supper, a chance to chat and socialise and a talk by Alf Le Flohic about the Sussex Gay Liberation Front 1972-1973. For more than one ticket, claim this reward, and adjust the number of tickets required at checkout TLC Cafe, 4th February, from 6pm. Supper at 6:30, talk at 7:30 then mingle!

£15 or more

Supper Club, Jennie Castell, A tribute to Dusty

Jennie brings her one woman show about the gay icon who was actually gay, to The Ledward Centre to round of LGBT History Month. A simple Supper, a great show, and a chance to mingle in the warm and comfortable TLC cafe-lounge. Dusty Springfield was a regular visitor to Brighton because her parents lived in Hove. Sunday 25th February, 7pm, Supper at 7:30, show at 8:30, then continue to relax and mingle

£35 or more

Dining With The Stars Earlybird ticket

Davinia Sparkle invites you to Dine with The Stars for the first time since 2019. A brilliant night out with a two course dinner be entertained by a host of cabaret talent, with each performer hosting a table. For more than one ticket simply claim this reward, and update the number of tickets required at checkout Each ticket releases an extra £35 in matchfunding

£150 or more

Large plaque on our Gratitude Board

A permanent place on our gratitude board. Of course our gratitude is the glass balustrade on our glamorous staircase. A unique vinyl plaque, 15 cms by 15 cms, to your own design, acknowledging your (or your company´s) donation, as well as being listed on our donors and funders page on the website.

£3 or more

Sid Spencer Christmas and GreetingCards

A selection of 4 bespoke Christmas Cards by Sid Spencer at Pigeon Art, or Sid´s other ·"local drag queen" greetings cards. Mix and match welcome. high qulaity prints on high quality card.

£3 or more

TLC "first pride" cards

With special permission from the Bishopsgate Institute we have bespoke TLC fundraising greetings cards featuring an inspirational image of the "First Brighton Pride" in 1973..50 years ago! If you'd like to claim more than one card, claim this reward, and at checkout add a donation of £3 for each extra card you would like.

£5 or more

TLC Cafe Voucher

A voucher for £ 7.50 to redeem in the cafe during January

£10 or more

Two TLC Cafe Vouchers

Two £7.50 vouchers to redeem in the cafe between Janaury and February 2024

£15 or more

Friendship portrait

The newly unveiled Friendship bench dedicated to James Ledward is in New Steine Gardens and is the perfect spot to celebrate your special friendships. Dress to impress, make a date with Jack Lynn our brilliant project photographer, and have your picture taken professionally by Jack, with the image included on a Friendship Page on the Rainbow Fund website, together with a short bit about your friendship.

£15 or more

Three TLC Cafe Vouchers

3 £7.50 vouchers to redeem in the cafe between January and March 2024

£15 or more

Voucher for single entry for The Brighton Sauna

You will receive a numbered voucher to exchange for a standard entry, to be redeemed in January. Please only claim one Brighton Sauna Voucher per person. (There is also a weekend pass voucher as a reward for a £20 donation...please only claim one or the other).

£20 or more

Weekend Pass Voucher for The Brighton Sauna

You will receive a numbered voucher to exchange for a weekend pass, to be redeemed in January. Please only claim one Brighton Sauna Voucher per person. (There is also a single entry voucher as a reward for a £15 donation...please only claim one or the other).

£25 or more

Ty Jeffries Supper Club

Your ticket to an intimate evening with Ty Jeffries as he emerges from the shadow of his legendry cabaret creation Miss Hope Springs. The award winning composer and lyricist appears as himself, performing some of his original songs, and for the first time, taking your questions. If you want more than one ticket claim this reward, but donate the required multiple £25, £50 for two and so on. Every £25 will release an EXTRA £75 in matchfunding.

£40 or more

£40 Reward

Two Make Your Mark Tiles, A bespoke workshop for 2. Be guided as the two of you create your individual tiles to place side by side on our beautiful community wall, and write your stories to join those of other tile makers in the accompanying folders, together telling the stories of our communities.

£40 or more

James Ledward Portrait unveiling

Lez Ingham, a friend of James´, and extraordinary artist has been commissioned to create a huge portrait of James, reflecting so many aspects of his life and existence. The portrait will have a permanent home over the grand staircase, greeting every visitor to TLC. Her stunning work will be unveiled in the Spring of 2024. You will be invited to the reception to enjoy a light buffet and refreshments.

£50 or more

"Family" Make Your Mark Tile Making Session for 4

Family tile making, up to 4 people A bespoke workshop for a family or group of friends ("people" includes children!) Be guided as you work together to create your individual tiles to place side by side on our beautiful community wall, and write your stories to join those of other tile makers in the accompanying folders, together telling the stories of our communities.

£90 or more

Voucher for "room hire"

A voucher for £120 toward room hire, for events, meetings etc. to be used in 2024

£100 or more

A plaque on our Gratitude Board

A permanant place on our gratitude board. Of course our gratitude is the glass balustrade on our glamorous staircase. A unique vinyl plaque, 10 cms by 10 cms, to your own design, acknowledging your (or your company´s) donation, as wall as being listed on our donors and funders page on the website.

£100 or more

Table for Four, for Sunday Lunch and a show

A table for four for a Ledward Lounge event, a Sunday afternoon Buffet lunch and songs from the shows. The event will be in early 2024.

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