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Stephen Fry promotes crowdfunding appeal for Glyncoch community centre

Stephen Fry promotes crowdfunding appeal for Glyncoch community centre

Author and comedian Stephen Fry has backed a bid to save a seven-year project to build a new community centre in Glyncoch, south Wales, by asking the British public, or at least those using Twitter, to donate their “loose change” to fill the funding shortfall.

The town needs to raise £30,000 to reach its target of £790,000 to fund the centre before 30 March or they risk losing most of the grant funding already secured.

The town is using Spacehive.com, a new site to enable communities to fund neighbourhood improvement projects, to collect donations.

Fry’s fundraising appeal to his four million Twitter followers was to “crowd-fund a community centre for the price of a cucumber sandwich”. The campaign has attracted other high-profile supporters including Martha Lane-Fox, co-founder of Lastminute.com, and Scott Quinnell, former Welsh international Rugby captain. Professional services firm Deloitte has today pledged £1,000.

Spacehive is backed by the Royal Institute of British Architects and aims to “shake up neighbourhood planning” by allowing anyone to put forward ideas for capital projects and anyone to pledge funding.

Doug Williams, Deputy Mayor of Rhondda Cynon Taff Council said: “Glyncoch is a deprived area. People are used to being let down. But if we can finally get this new centre built, people will start thinking ‘we can get out of this rut’.”

www.spacehive.com/glyncochcc

Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp.

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