Like the aircrew of 1940, the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust has been fighting hard against seemingly insurmountable odds, but now it is looking to the public to help raise the cash it needs to survive.
The Trust has launched a Crowdfunder campaign with a number of great rewards in a bid to help fill the hole in its finances caused by the Coronavirus lockdown.
It costs around £240,000 annually to run the site, a challenging target even in a good year, and with the shop, cafe, Scramble Experience and car park all closed on government orders, the financial situation is getting worse by the day.
As well as maintaining the Memorial at Capel-le-Ferne and honouring the memory of the Few, the Trust provides significant educational and information resources for visitors young and old, telling the tale of the Battle of Britain to this and future generations. Those are now under threat.
“We have been determined to stay positive, but we now need to ask the public to help save the Memorial and allow us to continue with our work,” explained Trust Chairman Richard Hunting CBE.
“We tell the story in the Wing of how the heroes of the Battle of Britain refused to be defeated as the Luftwaffe attacked through the summer and early autumn of 1940 – and while we wouldn’t put ourselves on a par with the men who fought the Battle of Britain, we are equally determined to weather this particular storm – but it is looking increasingly difficult.”
Although the centrepiece of the site is the National Memorial to the Few, the Trust receives no public funding, national or local, and relies on its own efforts to care for, and develop, this clifftop tribute to the men who fought the Battle of Britain.
The Crowdfunder campaign, which launches today, can be found here. It offers a range of rewards, from a three-bladed propellor lapel badge, as worn in the past by many of the Few, in return for a £15 donation, to a personal guided tour and refreshments for two people as a thank you for a £100 donation.
We hope our supporters will be encouraged to help keep this great Memorial alive and thriving by playing a part in this campaign – and please spread the word to family and friends. Please share this link – https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/save-the-national-memorial-to-the-few