I'm making a plea for help! Help Burton Memorial Hall in Burton-in-Kendal, south Cumbria, is 1 of the final 6 projects in the 2011 Jubilee People's Millions contest in the Border TV region. The contest will be determined by public telephone vote on Tuesday 28 June 2011 (a bit like X-Factor for community groups!) and the Hall is going head to head with another project in the north west of Cumbria - and the project with the most telephone votes on the day will win.
The Hall (which is a registered charity and raises all its own revenue from room rentals and fundraising events) needs a lot of work doing to it: building a new toilet block for very small kids who currently can't reach the adult loos or washbasins, replacing the cracked concrete play surface with some jolly coloured softer surfacing, replacing the heating boiler that is so old (and unreliable) that no-one can remember when it was installed!, and installing better lights so our table tennis teams can compete properly to national competition standards and our drama and music groups can have some stage lighting instead of striplights! The total cost is just shy of £100,000 of work needed for this phase of restoration of our old but much-loved and well-used village hall - we're hoping to win the vote on the night for £60,000 from the Jubilee People's Millions fund (the rest comes from Hall reserves and a legacy of £20,000 left us by one of the Hall's founders.)
I'm asking for the support for the Hall's entry Kosy Komfy Kidz by voting for us on the day and by spreading the word through your contacts and networks to ask for others to support them too. All it takes is one call any-time between 9am and 12 midnight on Tuesday 28 June at a cost of 11p per call (BT landline rate) to the number which will be published on our JPM web-page: http://www.peoplesmillions.org.uk/2011-finalists/border/kosy-komfy-kidz and in the Daily Mirror on Tuesday 28 June 2011. Every vote for the project will be vital and anyone can vote (up to 10 times from the same number if you'd like to! girl cheer but just one vote would help!!!), you don't need to be local to south Cumbria or even the Border TV area in order to vote. I'll add the number here too as soon as I have it on Tuesday morning.
The Hall is vital to the village of Burton-in-Kendal, it really is a community hub and is busy every day of the week with activities for all ages and interests, but Burton is only a small community so if you can help us along by voting just once on the day you would be doing us a great service and earn the gratitude of all those involved in the project. Please help us if you can and spread the word to anyone and everyone who might help us also. Thank you!