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Donations to help the Corn Hall provide free and low cost community events in Diss will be doubled next week as part of a national charity challenge




Trustee Ray Bryant leads the call.
Trustee Ray Bryant leads the call.

Donations to help the Corn Hall in Diss provide free and low-cost community events will be doubled next week after the venue was selected to take part in a national charitable challenge.

The arts and community venue, on St Nicholas Street, has been selected to take part in the The Big Give Challenge, which sees any donations made locally by the public between 12pm on November 27 and 12pm December 4, match-funded by charitable philanthropists.

The Corn Hall is one of the nationwide projects selected for the challenge and hopes the money raised will help expand its free or low-cost outreach programme.

Aside from hosting a variety of artists, the arts and community venue also works with groups, including young people and families, the elderly and disadvantaged.

Money from the Big Give will go towards schemes including the Arts Award Programme, a range of qualifications that support anyone aged up to 25 to grow as artists, free art exhibitions throughout the year, free heritage exhibitions and talks.

“While our main events programme pays for itself with income from ticket sales, there are many free or low-cost events which don’t receive any income and rely entirely on grants and donations,” said trustee Ray Bryant.

“Through the Big Give, we will be raising money for our Heart and Art Community Hub project. Opportunities to participate in the arts, improving well-being and social cohesion are diminishing. To counter this, we will offer new and stimulating activities, usually free or at little cost, that improve life chances.”

Other events the money will go to includes weekly matinee screenings, monthly film screenings for dementia sufferers, monthly screenings for toddlers, theatre workshops and free talks .

To donate, go to www.thebiggive.org.uk and search Corn Hall.



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