The Children North East Board of Trustees met last night and agreed to go ahead with the renovation of the WEYES building because they thought it was the right thing to do for the WEYES project and the young people who use it.
They also agreed a fundraising plan. We estimate the total cost will be £400,000 (including VAT, insurance etc.). Children North East can just afford a quarter of the total. We think we can raise about another quarter through sponsorship by businesses that support us and fundraising events. But we will look for the other half of the money from charitable trusts and foundations. That is rather a specialised skill and not one we have in Children North East so the Board have given permission for us to employ a specialist trust fundraiser specifically for the WEYES campaign. It will not be a permanent job and apparently people who are good at trust fundraising are not easy to find, so the search starts now.
There are lots of things to get right - the building work, finance, publicity, promotion and all the different sorts of fundraising etc. All are dependent on each other and so need to be organised. The Board have given me the job of coordinating a group of the key people who need to involved. I am looking forward to it!