Festive fundraising appeal for kit to finish theatre and hall at The Deaf Academy in Exmouth

The Deaf Academy in Exmouth has launched a festive appeal to net £3,300 for a projector and audio equipment essential to its main hall and theatre space.  

Covid-19 has hit the cause’s fundraising and meant some parts of its state-of-the-art new home – opened in September – remain unfinished.

A theatre space from the former Rolle campus – built just 18 months before it closed as a teaching college – has been refurbished by the charity to save costs.

Now the Deaf Academy is looking for 1,000 supporters to each donate £3 to equip the space with audio-visual kit so students can fully utilise it.

Principal Sylvan Dewing said: “Being able to retain the old theatre building has been great.

“It offers us a link to the history of the site and has been refurbished to provide office space, meeting rooms, a student gym and media studio.

“The old theatre hall also provides us with an amazing space to use as our school hall and fully accessible theatre space.

“The space will help our students to come together as a community, build their confidence through performing arts and support their learning.

“When we are able, we also look forward to sharing these facilities with the local community and wider theatre and other groups.”

Fundraising manager Sarah Shaw added: “We are delighted that the Boshier-Hinton Foundation have pledged a grant and additional matched-funding of £3,300 to help fund this equipment.

“Over the festive period we are asking our amazing supporters and the local community to help us raise the £3,300 needed to match this funding and install the equipment.

“We know that times are difficult for many at the moment but if you are able, please consider a festive donation.

“We wanted to reach out to our local Exmouth community as I know many of them have fond memories of Rolle College.

“In the future we look forward to sharing this theatre space with the local community.”

Donations can be made via a JustGiving page here or by texting DEAFACADEMY to 70085 at a cost of £3 and one standard rate message.

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