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John Peel Centre in Stowmarket launches fundraising campaign




One Suffolk venue has launched a fundraising campaign today after struggling with the financial implications of coronavirus.

The John Peel Centre, in Stowmarket, launched 'Challenge 81' which aims to raise money for the venue, and will involve directors, employees and volunteers getting stuck in to a number of activities on August 30, on what would have been John's 81st birthday.

There will also be 81 minutes of music made by emerging and high profile artists played on the day.

The centre has a team of over 60 registered volunteers who help run operations.
The centre has a team of over 60 registered volunteers who help run operations.

It comes after the Save Our Venues initiative by Music Venue Trust was launched to help support grassroots venues struggling with the financial implications of lockdown.

Patsy Cane, general manager at the JPC, said: "Of course, we are itching to open again, and continue to do what we do best – provide a platform for great live art for live audiences, however, we understand we can only open, when it is safe to do so.

"The reality is that the JPC relies on its earned income, and right now, it is not in a position to earn the level of income needed to keep afloat long term.

John Peel was an English disc jockey, radio presenter, record producer and journalist, and one of the longest serving of the original BBC Radio 1 DJs.
John Peel was an English disc jockey, radio presenter, record producer and journalist, and one of the longest serving of the original BBC Radio 1 DJs.

"What better way to say Happy Birthday John than celebrate some of the things he is most fondly remembered for, at the same time as raising some essential funds for the creative, community arts centre set up in his name."

For more information on the campaign, visit: www.johnpeelcentre.com/challenge-81/


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