Invited guests including the Lord Mayor of Bristol, Councillor Clare Campion-Smith, High Sheriff of Bristol, Helen Wilde and Mayor George Ferguson, joined Arnos Vale for a Night at the Cemetery fundraising event on Saturday April 23, helping to raise over £15,000 towards the Lifetime Appeal to secure the long term future of Arnos Vale.
The evening entertainment focussed on a number of acts with a link to the historic cemetery having either performed at Arnos Vale in the past or with family ties including Totterdown Chango Drummers, local musician Sophii Negus and magician Adam Richards, followed by a charity auction and raffle.
In total the night raised £7852 which was matched by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a final total of £15,704. Until the end of June 2016 the HLF will continue to match all donations into the Lifetime Fund up to £500,000 to create a £1million endowment, with the money providing a lasting revenue source to pay for the upkeep of the Victorian Garden Cemetery.
Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust Chief Executive, Mike Coe, explained:
“The event went better than we could have imagined with over £15k added to our Lifetime Fund. So many guests commented on what a community treasure Arnos Vale Cemetery is and got to learn a lot more about the history of the site as well as donating to the cause.”
“This event was preceded by an unbelievable pledge of £25K by our own Friends of Arnos Vale Cemetery group, many of which were involved in the original campaign to save the site, which means we have now smashed through the half million mark for the fund”
For more information about how to donate to the Lifetime fund or on the history of Arnos Vale Cemetery, visit arnosvale.org.uk