Fundraising, grants and community support have been hailed as a ‘key factor’ in the Deaf Academy completing its new £10.5million campus in Exmouth.
The charity, which opened the doors of its state-of-the-art new home on the former Rolle College site last week, benefited from a number of ‘substantial’ grants to ensure the build went ahead.
It also looked to community fundraising to kit out the interior of the academy – and communities and individuals across Exmouth and Devon stepped up to the challenge.
Sarah Shaw, fundraising appeal manager at the Deaf Academy, said: “We are grateful to everybody who has supported us, from the substantial grants we received, to the incredible community fundraising.
“Whether it was £5 or £50,000 – every single pound has helped us realise this amazing achievement of creating an academy designed for young deaf people, where they can learn, flourish and thrive.”
Examples of fundraising efforts so far include:
- Academy students, staff and parents took on a number of challenges such as climbing the Three Peaks, skydives and the Loch Ness marathon. Other parents have also signed up for a marathon next year and the Devon Coast to Coast challenge;
- Rachel Goswell, of the band Slowdive, whose son Jesse attends the academy, called on her musician pals to donate items to an online auction and raised £30,000 for the Academy;
- Exmouth fish and chip shop Krispies chose the academy as its charity of the year;
- Holy Ghost Church chose the Deaf Academy as its Christmas appeal charity in 2019;
- Devoncourt Resort raised more than £1,000 through its Christmas lights switch-on;
- A Colour Bomb fundraising event organised by the Academy on Exmouth beach received lots of community support;
- LED Leisure donated old gym equipment and helped deliver the Colour Bomb event;
- Marpool School held a sponsored silence, Ottertots Nursery raised more than £1,000 and Exmouth Community College held a dress-down day
- Managing directors of Devon Cliffs have entered the Amsterdam Marathon.
Sarah added: “What’s incredible is these are just a few of the companies, groups and activities which have supported the academy.
“We feel very lucky to be part of such a supportive community and we’d like to pass on our sincere thanks to everyone who has been part of an event, made a donation or organised their own fundraising.
“Together we have been able to make this state-of-the-art campus a reality and change young deaf lives.”
For more information about how you can support the Deaf Academy contact Sarah at email@example.com.
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