LIGHTHOUSE and LYN GLASS
Lighthouse’s vision is to be the leading arts centre in the South West of England. Lighthouse is a creative organisation and an iconic building that plays an integral part in the delivery of Poole’s arts strategy, as well as providing economic benefit and profile for the town. It is Poole’s cultural centre of excellence for live performance, film and visual art – an inviting, welcoming and exciting place that is a vital part of its community. It is a well-established venue with an excellent reputation for being a place to experience, enjoy and take part in a diverse high-quality arts programme. The venue is passionate about providing opportunities for learning and participation across all ages, and specifically for children and young people. Its stages offer professional artists, as well as amateur enthusiasts and community groups a place to perform and create work. Lighthouse also has an important role as a receiving venue for national and sometimes international touring work and is a creative destination that entertains, stimulates and inspires the people of the South West, and in particular the communities of Poole, Bournemouth and Dorset. Lighthouse reopened in October 2016 following a £5.3million refurbishment. The centre was founded on the principle of inclusivity – to be of value and purpose to the whole community and not just a select few – and the changes that have been made will enable that vision to be more fully realised than ever. However, there are elements of our plans for which we still need to raise funds. Lighthouse is a charity (Poole Arts Trust - registered charity number 275961) and is indebted to the generosity of its supporters. Whilst Lighthouse generates some income through ticket sales and its entertainment facilities, this income itself is not enough. More than ever, and as we get ready to launch exciting new plans, Lighthouse needs the support of the wider community to ensure that it continues to provide access to brilliant, world class cultural experiences and facilities for Poole, Dorset and the South West.
Lyn has been a regular attendee at Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts, for over 20 years, and in November 2018 the arts centre asked if she would consider supporting their Christmas Appeal – raising money to offer free and discounted tickets for disadvantaged children and families. Lyn suggested that her gift would have a greater impact if she could encourage others to give too and offered to match-fund any donations made to the Appeal during the run of the Christmas pantomime. Lighthouse publicised Lyn’s offer across numerous channels, including a shout out from the pantomime cast at the end of each performance, which resulted in a surge in donations. At the end of the run, Lyn gave £4,194 to match all of the support that she inspired with her first-ever philanthropic gift to an arts organisation.
Elspeth McBain, Chief Executive, Lighthouse:
“We are delighted to have been shortlisted for the Individual Award category of this year’s Achates Philanthropy Prize. Here at Lighthouse, we’re passionate about the power of live performance to enrich people’s lives. The money that we raised from our Christmas Appeal has meant that hundreds of disadvantaged children and families from across our community have been able to experience a live show with us. Lyn’s offer to match fund the donations made by our audiences was an incredibly generous offer and really helped to boost the appeal – and we’re so pleased that her kind act has been recognised by the Achates Philanthropy Prize”.
“I love Lighthouse. The incredibly diverse range of productions on offer continues to delight - touring companies of all genres large & small; local amateur dramatic, dance & operatic societies; the intimate cinema offering independent, foreign & mainstream films; the world famous Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra concerts, plus a great range of one night events - one-man plays, comedians, celebrity talks, tribute acts, musicians & bands, including an excellent new monthly showcase of local musicians. Something for every taste imaginable. When I was asked to help with the Christmas Appeal, it made absolute sense to give lots of other people the opportunity to enjoy Lighthouse as I have. It’s meant so much to me that my donation has prompted others to also give – and I’m overjoyed that so many people have had such a positive experience off the back of this exciting appeal”.