POMPEY In The Community’s (PITC) crowd funding campaign has raised £45,627 so far.
Now a music event is taking place on Saturday (July 11) to help boost the fundraising scheme aimed at creating new facilities.
The PITC project is seeking to extend into new premises adjacent to its current Anson Road base.
This will consist of three new classrooms, two of which will be able to accommodate a class of 30 youngsters.
The deadline is expected to be extended to Saturday, August 8, with the final figure raised earmarked to be doubled following a generous pledge by other funders.
In the meantime, The Lanyard pub, in North End, is hosting a music night on Saturday from 7pm until midnight.
Organised by Jake Payne, the event will involve three live bands in the form of TS and the Young Blades, Lucky 13 and Flying Machines.
In addition, there will be a DJ on the decks.
Entry is free, with bucket collections and a raffle taking place during the evening.
And Payne is hopeful the occasion will raise more funds for PompeyITC.
He said: ‘Clare Martin and her PompeyITC staff are putting so much energy in raising funds that I wanted to help out in some way.
‘So we’ve put together a night featuring a few really good bands for people to listen to – and raising money at the same time.
‘We’re hoping to get people down there to support this terrific cause and aid them in raising money. It should be a cracking evening, everyone is looking forward to it.
‘And at the end of the day we will have collected money to help a tremendous community facility which will benefit a lot of people.’
Among other ideas to raise money will be the auctioning off of the shirts worn in Pompey’s forthcoming opening match of the season against Dagenham & Redbridge.
Meanwhile, people are invited to attend a special Pompey in the Community event on Monday (July 13).
Taking place at the Study Centre from 6-7pm, it will be an opportunity to see how the fundraising is progressing as well as having a look at what they are aiming for.
In addition, there will be details of ambitions of becoming the first football club with its own food bank and the chance to see their Dementia and Men’s Health programmes.
For more information on the crowd funding campaign, visit the website pompeyitc.hubbub.net