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First CrowdFundLeicester appeal hits its target

Published on Monday, January 29, 2018

A NEW crowd funding platform to support local community projects in Leicester has seen its first appeal hit its target.

The Phoenix Access Cinema Appeal – which will enable more people with sight and hearing loss to enjoy films at the local cinema – has reached its £2,000 funding target just one month after launching its appeal on CrowdFundLeicester.

The new community-pledged funding means the cinema can buy 26 new infrared headsets which will allow people to hear an audio description or amplified dialogue track as part of a regular screening. It will also allow the cinema to upgrade its 16 existing headsets.

The appeal received 54 pledges of support, including £1,000 from the City Mayor’s Community Engagement Fund.

It’s the first project to meet its funding target as part of the new community crowd-funding initiative.

John Rance, Chief Executive Officer of Phoenix, said: “I’m grateful to everyone who donated to our appeal including Leicester City Council.

“We work hard to make our cultural programme accessible to a wide range of people and the new headsets mean many more people with hearing or sight impairments can enjoy Phoenix’s wonderful world cinema programme. We will also continue our regular film events with subtitles, audio description and for children on the autism spectrum.”

City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “Phoenix is a great cinema and this was a fantastic cause. I’m really pleased that it’s met its funding target.

“It also means that we now have our first CrowdFundLeicester success and I hope that this adds to the momentum of this exciting project.

“More and more councils are turning to crowdfunding to create opportunities for local communities to work together and bring ideas to life. I am sure that there a wealth of great ideas out there and I look forward to seeing CrowdFundLeicester grow in the coming months.”

CrowdFundLeicester was launched in September 2017. As part of the scheme, a new Community Engagement Fund was announced which will allow the City Mayor to pledge up to £10,000 a time to back popular ideas. Pieces of underused land could also be offered for use in projects.

The city council is working with crowdfunding organisation Spacehive, which runs the supporting platforms needed to operate the scheme.

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