STAFF at Croome Court have been celebrating after raising more than £3,500 to help restore a crumbling listed building near the historic house.
The appeal to visitors of the National Trust property, near Pershore, asked for £10 donations towards a symbolic brick to help raise repair funds for The Red Wing – an adjoining building which housed the servants’ quarters for the main house.
The Buy a Brick appeal was launched in an attempt to raise thousands of pounds for the Capability Brown designed building.
The rescue project, which will cost in excess of £1million, has been supported by a £500,000 grant from English Heritage with the National Trust.
Croome volunteer Barbara Wild said: “We are delighted with the response to the Buy a Brick fund-raising appeal for the Red Wing.
“To raise over £3,500 is a magnificent effort and we are very grateful to our visitors for their generosity.”
Shaun Wilkes, the Red Wing’s project manager for the National Trust, added: “These funds donated from our visitors have been vital to the success of the Red Wing repair project.
“We have really appreciated people’s generosity which has breathed life into this Grade I listed building which had been teetering on the brink of collapse.
“A huge thank you goes out from me and the rest of the Red Wing Project Team.”
Visitors who donated will now be able to see their names recorded in a special acknowledgement book, which is on display in the Long Gallery of Croome Court.
For more information about Croome Court visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/croome or call 01905 371006.