The community has rallied around the charity-run arts centre to raise tens of thousands within three months.

Celebrity endorsement, community spirit and a love of the arts have all played a part in helping to secure Lincoln Drill Hall’s future as the arts centre’s ambitious fundraising campaign hits the £20,000 mark.

The milestone comes just three months since it was announced that the venue is facing a major fundraising challenge and needs to raise £130,000 each year to continue its work.

A significant amount has been raised thanks to people and businesses who have been asked to ‘Be a Brick’ and buy a brick to show their support for just £10 or £50 per year. The campaign was inspired by the hundreds of thousands of bricks that make up the historic building on Free School Lane. Those who have donated are leaving messages on colourful, smiling bricks on a virtual wall explaining why they’re giving the Drill Hall their support.

Additional money has also been raised through Lincoln Drill Hall’s bold scheme, Pay What You Decide, which was recently made a permanent offering for lovers of the arts who want to support the venue while enjoying a performance.

Pay What You Decide is an option on a large number of innovative shows, enabling people to book a performance, choose how much they pay at the end and donate their chosen amount. The scheme has also been extended to include selected shows aimed at children and young people, plus a Pay What You Decide Club has also been established for dedicated supporters.

A number of groups and individuals have also hosted charity events or have challenged themselves to raise vital funds, including Lincs Indian Society, long time supporter of Lincoln Drill Hall Jo Tolley, and members of the Drill Hall technical team.

Celebrities who have performed at the arts centre since the launch of the fundraising campaign, including actor and musician Jason Donovan, classical singer Russell Watson and Britain’s Got Talent star and comedian Jess Robinson have all voiced their support and have also recorded videos urging people to donate.

Lincoln Drill Hall’s Chief Executive, Chris Kirkwood said:

“We’ve had an overwhelming response from the community, ticket holders and performers over the past few months, so we want to thank each and every person who has donated so far.

“We’re facing an unprecedented challenge but the support we’ve received so far has meant that our future is looking that much more secure, so we can continue to be a pillar of the community and supporter of the arts.

“£20,000 is a wonderful start to our fundraising efforts but we’ve still got a long way to go. Being a charity-run arts centre brings about a unique set of challenges, but it’s also what makes Drill Hall so special.

“We’d encourage anyone who wants to help secure our future to sponsor a brick, come along to see a show or take part in one of our fundraising activities over the coming months.”

There will be plenty of opportunities to take part in fundraising, including Pay What You Decide shows over the summer months and a masquerade ball in November.

If you’d like to support Lincoln Drill Hall and ‘Be a Brick’, visit www.lincolndrillhall.co.uk/be-a-brick.