Friends of the Harris charity receives £1,000 funding boost for museum redevelopment

Posted on - 28th June, 2020 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Charities, City Centre, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Redevelopment
The Harris exterior
The Harris is currently undergoing a multi-million pound redevelopment.

Preston charity Friends of the Harris has been award £1,000 to support the
museum, art gallery and library’s redevelopment project, #HarrisYourPlace.


The money was awarded as part of a competition run by specialist insurer Ecclesiastical’s Movement for Good awards, which is donating £1 million to charities nationwide.

Read more: How the inside of the Harris Museum may look after major revamp

As part of the entry process, members of the public were invited to nominate causes close to their hearts to receive one of 500 gifts of £1,000.

Friends of the Harris was selected for the prize from 13,695 charities that were nominated.

Mary Grasar, Chair of the Friends, said: “We are delighted to have won a Movement for Good award. It demonstrates just how much the Harris is loved and supported by local people.

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“#HarrisYourPlace will revitalise the Grade I listed building for the next 100 years, with spaces and services which meet the needs of Preston and Lancashire people now and in the future.

“All of the money we raise locally helps us to generate larger national grants which will ensure the full £10 million project goes ahead. We are well on the way!”

Library users at The Harris. Pic: The Harris Preston 2020.
Library users at The Harris. Pic: The Harris Preston 2020.

Mark Hews, group chief executive at Ecclesiastical, said: “We would like to thank every single person who took the time to nominate a good cause as part of our Movement for Good awards.

“We know that £1,000 can make a huge difference to the incredible work that charities do and we’re looking forward to seeing how this financial boost will change lives for the better.”

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