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Lucy Thraves


Royal Albert Hall calls for public donations

8:35, 9th September 2020

The Royal Albert Hall has called for urgent public donations to survive the impact of Covid-19.

The appeal has been launched to coincide with the Hall’s management giving evidence to the DCMS Select Committee on the viability of performance venues to open adhering to social distancing.

Craig Hassall, the Hall’s CEO, said: ‘Six months on from enforced closure, and circa £18m down in lost income, we are not eligible for any of the government’s emergency grants. This leaves us in an extremely perilous position, with no way of replacing our lost income, apart from a government loan which may or may not materialise.’

‘We are fortunate to have supportive members and private donors who have given generously,’ he continued, ‘but unfortunately, the ‘Rescue Package’ fanfare has given many potential donors the false sense that we are being supported elsewhere. The Royal Albert Hall now faces a bleak future unless it can secure not only a repayable government loan, but also urgent donations to plug our current £20m shortfall.’

Ways to support:

  • Donate online at www.royalalberthall.com
  • Join as a Friend for £45
  • Text 70490 from the UK with:
    • 5ALBERT to donate £5
    • 10ALBERT to donate £10
    • 20ALBERT to donate £20
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