Spacehive appeal and rewards


As of 21st November 2014, we have 100 days to save the derelict Grade II listed Ardwick and Ancoats Dispensary from demolition - to transform it into a fantastic hub for the community and creative industries. We can’t save it without YOU!

The Grade II Ancoats Dispensary landmark has been the heart of Ancoats for 140 years and it is now under threat of demolition. 

Ancoats Dispensary is the setting of L.S. Lowry’s only internal painting Ancoats Hospital Outpatients’ Hall. It has played a central role in the social and industrial history of Manchester and made a pioneering contribution to the development of medicine in Great Britain throughout the 19th and 20th centuries including pioneering works in fractures, orthopaedics & surgical techniques.

The local area has seen wholesale clearance for regeneration but is about to burst back into life. The Ancoats Dispensary Trust have held a vigil outside the building for two years. We are determined to return the Dispensary to its original purpose of healing, supporting and empowering the community in creative ways.

>> Save the Ancoats Dispensary on Spacehive here: http://www.spacehive.com/thebeatingheartofancoats <<



What we'll do:

  • Turn this much loved building into a buzzing source of wellbeing in one of Britain's most disadvantaged neighbourhoods
  • Work with outreach and education teams to promote health and wellbeing
  • Develop a programme of heritage and cultural events to bring the history of Ancoats alive
  • Create a wide range of training opportunities and apprenticeships leading to employment
  • Provide workspace for creative and knowledge-based companies
  • Create a fantastic heritage asset and community hub owned and managed by the community for the community.


Why it's a great idea:

The Dispensary is loved by the community and if we don’t save it now its unique architectural, artistic, medical and social history will be lost forever. 

It will give local residents the opportunity to empower their community creating life skills and choices.

In December 2013 David Narro Engineers reported: “It might only be a short time before structurally-significant deterioration occurs…beyond economic, practicable and safe repair. The situation is exacerbated by the condition of the external scaffold structure. The Dispensary depends on this structure for its overall support it is critical that the scaffold is fully overhauled now, and maintained properly until such time as the building can be fully refurbished.”

With your help we can save the building from demolition and in Stage 2 we will be able to restore the building and create a wonderfully vibrant creative hub, full of energy for all to enjoy.

 

How we'll get it done:

We need as many people as possible to get involved. We need your help to save the Dispensary and help realise our vision. The project will bring huge benefits to the Ancoats community and the people of Manchester. Your support will create a wonderful community asset for future generations.

  • We have £315,000 Heritage Lottery Heritage Enterprise Funding to release it we need your help to raise match funding
  • If successful, Stage 2 will see us secure further funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to restore the building.


You can help by: 

  • Pledging funds towards the project 
  • Signing up as a member of Ancoats Dispensary Trust
  • Getting involved as a volunteer 
  • Putting yourself forwards to become a director.


Contact: 

No matter what your skills or experiences we want to hear from you! This is our last chance to take control and change our community for the better, so if you want to make a difference, join us and donate today - THANK YOU!

Contact Ancoats Dispensary Trust on ancoatsdispensarytrust@gmail.com

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REWARDS 

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ANCOATS DISPENSARY Trust would like to say a big ‘thank you’ for your very kind contribution made via our Spacehive fundraising campaign. Your donation will be used to provide £55,000 match funding needed to release our Stage 1 Heritage Lottery Fund Heritage Enterprise funding required to safeguard the building. Stage 1 completion leads to the opportunity of securing further funding at Stage 2.

Stage 1 funding will enable us to begin safeguarding the building and will go towards helping us to ultimately:

  • Turn this much-loved building into a buzzing source of wellbeing in one of Britain's most disadvantaged neighbourhoods.
  • Work with outreach and education teams to promote health and wellbeing.
  • Develop a programme of heritage and cultural events to bring the history of Ancoats alive.
  • Create a wide range of training opportunities and apprenticeships leading to employment.
  • Provide workspace for creative and knowledge-based companies.
  • Create a fantastic heritage asset and community hub owned and managed by the community for the community. 

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REWARDS FOR PLEDGES BY INDIVIDUALS

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1) £1

Reward details: A message of thanks for your contribution.

 

2) £20 

Reward details: A Thank You card

You will receive your Thank You card from our Patrons. Please let us know the address you wish us to post the card to by emailing the name of the recipient to ancoatsdispensarytrust@gmail.com. If you have chosen a special occasion, please call the office on 01612371103 and leave a message for Trust Co-ordinator Linda Carver (in good time – no later than February 28th 2015!) and we will post the card to you or directly to the recipient if preferred.

 

3) £25 

Reward details: A certificate proving you helped pay for part of the restoration of the Ardwick and Ancoats Dispensary.

Your certificate will be posted to you by the end of March 2015 at the latest. If you have bought this as a gift, please let us know by emailing the name and address of the recipient to ancoatsdispensarytrust@gmail.com.

 

4) £30 

Reward details: A professional photograph of the Ancoats Dispensary.

If you bought this as a gift for someone else, please let us know by emailing the name and details of the recipient to ancoatsdispensarytrust@gmail.com.

 

5) £50

Reward details: Your name will be listed in a commemorative opening programme of events and exhibitions at the Ancoats Dispensary, and will be read out at our opening ceremony.

Please let us know the address you wish us to post the programme to by emailing the name of the recipient to ancoatsdispensarytrust@gmail.com by February 28th 2015. if you have bought this as a gift for someone else, please let us know.

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6) £50

Reward details: Your photograph taken on the Ancoats Dispensary tower.

Your picture will be taken at the top of the tower, overlooking the Ancoats and City Centre skyline by one of our photographers – we will ring you to arrange a convenient time to organise this. Please email your contact number to ancoatsdispensarytrust@gmail.com or call the office on 01612371103 and leave a message for Trust Co-ordinator Linda Carver.

 

7) £60

Reward details: An Individual tour ticket of the Ancoats Dispensary and historic sites of Ancoats.

We will contact you by phone or email by the end of March 2015 to arrange a suitable date for the tour of the Ancoats Dispensary and Ancoats (date tbc). We will send out your ticket(s) by post.

 

8) £75

Reward details: Menu item named after you at our community cafe.

Your name will be included on the menu which will be developed for our new community cafe, based on the ground floor of the renovated Ancoats Dispensary - we will also send you a copy for you to keep by post (date tbc).

 

9) £100

Reward details: A framed picture montage of the Dispensary.

The pictures will begin with an original picture of the Dispensary and will follow the building through each stage of the restoration. We will arrange a suitable date (tbc) for this to be delivered this to your address.

 

10) £125

Reward details: A limited edition print of the Ancoats Dispensary by the Artist Mancsy (from a run of 100).

We will post this to your address (date tbc).

 

11) £150

Reward details: A chance to design an image for our merchandise, which will be produced and sold to raise funds for Ancoats Dispensary Trust.

You will be invited to our grand opening where your design will be sold, and a free sample will also be delivered to your home. We will contact you to inform you of the date of this event (tbc).

 

12) £200

Reward details: Meal for 4.

Your meal for 4 will be held at our function room once the Ancoats Dispensary is renovated. Menus and the hospitality offer are currently under development, and further details of the night will be released 3 months before the Ancoats Dispensary opens its doors. The night will include entertainment (tbc). We can take additional bookings to those pledged - If you’d like to add places to your party (£50/head), please contact us at ancoatsdispensarytrust@gmail.com to reserve and make payment.

 

13) £500

Reward details: Your name engraved on a brass plaque to be displayed in the entrance hall of the renovated Ancoats Dispensary, and you will be invited to its unveiling ceremony.

 

14) £1300

Reward details: All rewards!

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REWARDS FOR PLEDGES BY BUSINESSES

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1) £150 or more: A ‘Thank You’ on the Ancoats Dispensary Trust website’s Wall of Fame and on our social media pages.

2) £125 or more: As above, plus a limited edition 'Beating Heart of Ancoats' print or window transfer by Manchester artist Mancsy.

3) £500 or more: As above, plus a ‘Large Donor’ certificate and letter of thanks signed by the Trust's Co-ordinator, Patrons and the Right Honourable Lucy Powell MP (Manchester Central).

4) £1,000 or more: As above, plus ‘Major Donor’ status with mentions in all of our promotions, on our website and social media pages.

 

We will contact you to discuss how best we can deliver and organise your rewards! Again, thank you so much for helping to fund our 100 days crowdfunding campaign through Spacehive! If you wish for more information regarding the rewards, please contact us at ancoatsdispensarytrust@gmail.com. You are also welcome to select a reward of lesser value if you prefer that particular option. Please be aware that rewards are dependent upon whether our crowdfunding campaign is successful, and certain rewards are naturally conditional upon the Ancoats Dispensary being restored and unfortunately this cannot be guaranteed.

Regards,

Ancoats Dispensary Trust