Council comes to the rescue with £6,000 cash injection

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A CASH-STRAPPED theatre has been given an emergency boost of £6,000 by Portsmouth City Council.

Members of Groundlings Theatre, Kent Street, Portsea, have been fundraising to replace cash stolen from the venue at Christmas.

Artistic director Richard Stride said: ‘We raised £4,000 from an open day, but we were trying to get to £10,000.

‘We went to the council and they said that because we were doing so well with fundraising, it will give us an emergency grant to get to £10,000. The council has come to the rescue.

‘The money will provide educational needs and theatre space in the city.’

Money was awarded to the theatre, but on the basis that it must also work to gain charitable status.

Peter Taylor, arts services manager at the council, said: ‘We decided to support Groundlings Theatre because of the valuable role it plays in relation to the theatre side and work they do with young people in terms of education, and because of the financial difficulties it has gone through.

‘One requirement is it moves to become a charitable trust to safeguard the organisation.’