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Big cash donation by mystery benefactor to save Sub Rooms


A mystery benefactor has donated a staggering sum of money to a appeal for the Stroud Subscription Rooms.

A Crowdfunder appeal received an anonymous donation of £20,000 this week.

In less than a week, the appeal has now raised more than £28,000.

Hugh Phillimore, Director of the Sub Rooms, who is keeping mum on the mystery donor, said all of the support received so far has thrilled the team.

“We were bowled over by the incredible £20,000 donation and we are extremely grateful for such a generous offer,” said Hugh.

“I must say we have been bowled over by everyone’s donation and it is so heartening to see so many support us in this mammoth challenge. Every pound will make a difference to us and we thank each and every one of you who have supported us so far.”

There are a range of exciting rewards on offer for supporters including: having your name included on the Subscribers Wall of Fame (£25) and tea for two (£40) to the ultimate kids’ party (£1,250) or a private party for up to 30 guests with cocktails, canapés and live music (£3,000).

And if you want to have your name in lights, then the top offer is the opportunity to name the newly refurbished Art Deco bar (£20,000).

“Will our generous £20,000 donor have a say in the name for our new bar? I can’t answer that at the moment but who knows? That is what is so exciting about this community driven campaign,” said Hugh.

Due to the pandemic, the Subs has been closed for almost 12 months and been unable to raise any income.

To ensure its future and to fully open, the Sub Rooms launched a £100,000 Crowdfunder appeal with actor Ben Miller.

The Subs’ team are working with a wide range of musicians and actors on some exciting ideas to support the Crowdfunder appeal.

The team is launching a QR code to make it easier for people do support the campaign.

“We need your help to keep the Subs open. No amount is too small as it is the end target that is most important,” said Hugh. “Please help us ensure the Subs is a vibrant part of Stroud’s cultural scene.”

The Subs hosts its first live show in front of an audience this Saturday May 29th. Laurie Wright & the Lockdown perform for a limited audience of 100 within the Everything Is Light Exhibition currently running at the venue. The Subs’ first show back is sold out.

To help the Sub Rooms survive and flourish click HERE

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