Earlier this summer Shieldhall received a Heritage Emergency Grant which allowed our volunteers to re-start the essential maintenance programme hastily halted as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown. The funding, made possible by National Lottery players, was awarded through The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Heritage Emergency Fund, targeting those most in need across the heritage sector. The UK-wide fund is addressing both immediate emergency actions and helping organisations to start thinking about recovery.
Shieldhall’s Graham Mackenzie noted: ‘We are thankful for the grant funding which has enabled our volunteers to continue with Shieldhall’s maintenance and conservation work, supporting the fund objectives of economic regeneration, inclusion and well-being. Everyone was so disappointed when we were forced to cancel our 2020 sailings. With no revenue coming in from ticket sales, this grant has assisted us to maintain our work programme. Many of our approximately 100 active volunteers have now returned to the COVID-19 compliant ship, carrying out essential maintenance roles. The project will allow us to stage a full, uncompromised excursion programme in 2021. This will be open to all, including popular ‘Heritage Adventure Training Days’ offered to young people, enabling them to enjoy time on board one of Britain’s last sea-going steamships.’
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 SS Shieldhall during this uncertain time.”
Like SS Shieldhall, 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 spans 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.