On the morning of Sunday 12th December, a fire broke out in the Carnegie’s technical workshop destroying most of the lighting and sound equipment that enable us to run the many arts and entertainment events you enjoy.

Just as things were starting to look up post-lockdown, we suddenly needed to refocus a great deal of time and energy cataloging what was lost and repairing what we could to put on our shows.

We have an ambitious target to raise £70,000 to replace our equipment. Every donation will help us and you can donate HERE. Scroll down to find out more about the damage, how we will use your money and other ways you can help us!

“It is a devastating blow for us given that we’re still seeing significantly lower audience numbers return to the theatre. This was going to be the year where we got back on our feet again. Not only is our future not yet secure but we also now have to raise funds to replace vital equipment we need in the theatre.”

Lee Martin-White, Chair of the board of trustees

We’ve called the campaign the “Spotlight Fund” as one of the most significant losses in the fire was the destruction of our lights. We also want the campaign to shine a light on everything the Carnegie offers to the community and ask for support to secure our future.

We need to replace things costing from £10 to £1500, so every penny helps:

  • £30 will replace our glue gun, to help keeps those set details in place  
  • £90 buys us a jigsaw so we can craft new sets for our amateur groups
  • £35 pays for a new microphone stand so our talent can go hands-free
  • £600 covers one of the eight primary loudspeakers we need to get the theatre jumping and to hear our performers loud and clear
  • £475 buys a radio mic system so our actors can be heard without cables
  • £1600 secures a spotlight with LED technology. Lighting up our local schools and slashing our energy bills

Here’s how you can make a difference:

  • Donate directly to our campaign HERE. Don’t forget to Gift Aid your donation – we can claim 25p for every £1 you donate at no extra cost to you
  • Shop and give – raise a free donation for us every time you shop online via The Giving Machine
  • Try your luck at the Allerdale and Lakeland Lottery – at least 60% from each ticket sold goes to support the Allerdale area, and there’s a chance to win the £25,000 jackpot every week!
  • Sponsorship – contact us if you, your group or business would be interested in sponsorship opportunities (email michael.nutter@carnegietheatre.co.uk)
  • Fundraise for the Carnegie through an activity or event of your own via Wonderful.org
  • Spread the news – share our campaign on social media
  • Keep an eye out for future fundraising events
  • Come and visit us – we have a wide range of shows and entertainment, our café and bar are great places to relax over a drink or a meal

These are uncertain times, and, as a charity that relies on earned income, we cannot deny that this period has been and continues to be a challenge for us.

We thank you for all of your support and kindness – it is very much appreciated by all of us at #TeamCarnegie.

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