SEYMOURS BECOMES A ‘GUARDIAN ANGEL’ AT YVONNE ARNAUD FOR 2015
Seymours Independent Estate Agents is now officially a ’Guardian Angel’ at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre following its decision to renew its sponsorship deal as part of an on-going commitment to support Guildford’s arts and culture programme.
This is the third year that the estate agent has sponsored the theatre in order to help boost its funding stream and help bridge the £447,799 gap that was left when Arts Council England funding was discontinued in 2008.
On the back of losing the funding the theatre launched the ‘Guardian Angels’ initiative, which has raised £240,000 since its inception. The campaign seeks to raise money through its 150,000 annual visitors by calling for each person to donate £2 per month. To date the campaign has raised £240,000 from individual donors, alongside it’s very successful corporate sponsorship programme.
Madeleine Coleman, Funding Executive at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, comments: “Our priority is to provide the Surrey community with world-class performances. The reality, however, is that like the majority of independent theatres throughout the UK, we’re having to fight twice as hard to maintain this standard and make fundraising a larger part of what we do. If only 10 per cent of our visitors gave just £2 a month we would raise an additional £360,000 each year. Support from local companies such as Seymours is invaluable and we look forward to working with them for a third year. “
With Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs now on stage for the festive season and a range of productions lined up for the New Year, the theatre promises a full schedule of theatre for all ages throughout 2015.
Paul Rickard, Director of Seymours in Guildford, adds: “The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre is one of Guildford’s main attractions and it’s important that it continues to remain that way. We’re proud to support one of Surrey’s greatest cultural assets and delighted to contribute to the future of theatre within the county.”