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Cromford Mills has received £250,000 from The National Lottery Heritage Fund

The Arkwright Society at Cromford Mills receives £250,000 of National Lottery support to help address the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on heritage

Sir Richard Arkwright’s Cromford Mills has received £250,000 from The National Lottery Heritage Fund to help the Arkwright Society charity reopen the gates and welcome visitors back to the historically significant site in Cromford, Derbyshire.

Since the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown began Cromford Mills has had to cancel over 70 events and furloughed most of the Arkwright Society employees. During the closure Cromford Mills took a significant financial hit without being able to generate income from ticket sales, events, shop and café purchases, educational visits and room hire. The site continued to be cared for by a few members of the team, looking after the mill buildings and performing essential business operations. Behind the scenes, there have been many hours spent exploring a way forward to ensure the site could survive the crisis and reopen in the future.

Simon Wallwork, Chief Executive of the Arkwright Society said: “Thanks to the National Lottery and its players for providing this critical funding, we can now get our team back onsite preparing for re-opening and making it safe to welcome back our visitors. We are looking forward to our visitors, volunteers and staff bringing the buzz back to Cromford Mills. We are grateful that The National Lottery Heritage Fund is supporting us at this crucial time – it’s a lifeline to us and others who are passionate about sustaining heritage for the benefit of all.” The funding, made possible by National Lottery players, was awarded through The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Heritage Emergency Fund. £50million has been made available to provide emergency funding for those most in need across the heritage sector.

The UK-wide fund will address both immediate emergency actions and help organisations to start thinking about recovery.

Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: “Heritage has an essential role to play in making communities better places to live, supporting economic regeneration and benefiting our personal wellbeing. All of these things are going to be even more important as we emerge from this current crisis.

“Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players we are pleased to be able to lend our support to organisations such as Cromford Mills during this uncertain time.”

Like Cromford Mills, other charities and organisations across the UK that have been affected by the unprecedented impact of the coronavirus outbreak are being given access to a comprehensive package of support of up to £600 million of repurposed money from The National Lottery. This money is supporting some of the most vulnerable people in our communities and span the arts, community, charity, heritage, education, environment and sports sectors.

Thanks to National Lottery players, £30 million is raised every week for good causes, including heritage of local and national importance. By playing The National Lottery, people up and down the country are making an amazing contribution to the nationwide-response to combatting the impact of COVID-19 on local communities across the UK.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund is currently open to applications for its Heritage Emergency Fund. To find out more visit: https://www.heritagefund.org.uk/responding-coronavirus-covid-19

To find out more about the National Lottery Good Causes , visit: www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/coronavirus-pandemic-response

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