David Livingstone Centre – Urgent Appeal

A.  Building a future for the David Livingstone Centre
The future for the David Livingstone Centre is bright: The Trust applied for a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) in 2015 for some £382,000 to develop a full application; and £6.8m to restore, conserve and re-interpret the historic buildings and unique Collections that comprise Livingstone’s birthplace, to create a museum with a mission to educate and inspire.  The development work of the Birthplace Project is progressing well and we intend to submit our Stage 2 application to HLF in the summer of 2016.
B.  Current issue – short term cashflow for the David Livingstone Trust 
Short term cash-flow:  triggered by the tri-partite funding/management agreement between the Trust, National Trust for Scotland and South Lanarkshire Council ending on 31 March 2016. The Trust therefore requires funds to allow it to continue to be open to the public and to undertake the much larger fundraising requirements to meet the needs of our Heritage Lottery Funding (HLF). £20,000 is hopeful from South Lanarkshire Council and we require a further £80,000 during 2016.
Without short-term cash, we will have no option but to cease trading, close our buildings and Parkland, and lose the opportunity for the essential HLF renovation project.
That the Trust could cease trading at the very point where it is poised to have the success of the multi-million pound Birthplace Project is unthinkable. That the David Livingstone Centre, opened in 1930, faces closure is unacceptable.
The Trust therefore urgently appeals for your help.
Any level of donation would be very welcome to :
The Scottish National Memorial to David Livingstone Trust
165 Station Road
Blantyre G72 9BT

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