The Trust therefore needs your help now! We have between £300.000.00 and £600.000.00 in the Trust funds and we need more to allow us to restore the building and create our Visitor Centre and open it to you the people worldwide. The shocking truth is that we need over £1.5 million. Gasp!!! The greatest offer of help so far has been an offer to carry out the renovation for us. This has given the Trust a further boost and the incentive to battle on.
This is not just a blog now, it has become a project and a passion for me and I don't want it to end. What I must endeavour to do, albeit difficult at times, is to remain positive throughout all of this and by doing so will create a positive outcome. The very meaning of The Undershaw Preservation Trust is something that I would like to see survive the next 100 years as Undershaw has done. You the public, across the sea, around the corner, next door and beyond can make this happen, please allow Conan Doyle to live on not only with his many books but through the very house where he sat and penned his most famous 'Hound of the Baskervilles' and where he revived Sherlock Holmes. The picture at the top left where the window is boarded up is the heraldic windows that Conan Doyle had fitted as an after thought for his mother.
Since starting this blog in early November, we have now formed an establishment that could create an historical phenomenon and you could be part of it! We have created an awareness of the actual existance of this building and of course 'us' the Trust and we wish to carry our dream on into reality.
Your pledges and offers of help will not go unnoticed. Should the Trust continue to thrive because of Undershaw being saved and it is saved because of you the people, your name will be recorded and will form a list of those eligible for acknowledgement from the Trust. Not quite sure as to what this will involve but something that will show our gratitude.
*The website that we were eagerly due to construct has been put on hold. I have experienced a few problems with its host and we will be looking to set up another once Undershaw's fate has been decided. If you experience problems sending us your pledge through the info@ address below then please contact the Trust's director, John Gibson on 01372 453147 or leave your details in the comments box at the end of this section.
I appreciate that there are more needy charities in our life, e.g the Haiti appeal, the list is endless and it is virtually impossible to help them all. Perhaps some of you feel saving the house is pointless and I respect that. History has played a big part in all our lives and will continue to do so - lets be part of it.
WE NEED YOUR HELP - PLEASE PLEDGE AND ALLOW 'UNDERSHAW' TO BECOME YOUR CENTRE, SOMETHING YOU HAVE CREATED, SOMEWHERE YOU CAN VISIT, SOMEWHERE THAT WILL BE MARVELLED BY ALL ACROSS THE WORLD.
DON'T ALLOW THIS BUILDING TO BE LOST TO MERE APARTMENTS!
PLEASE PLEDGE WHAT YOU CAN AND BE PART OF IT'S HISTORY!
(All pledges please to firstname.lastname@example.org with name, amount and contact details or *should problems occur complete the comments section with your details at the end of this post. We will be in touch.