Help Stump Cross Caverns...
Stump Cross Caverns is a family-owned, ancient, natural cave formation deep underneath the Yorkshire Dales, that offers a unique experience for visitors. As well as being a busy tourist attraction in the summer, we also offer year-round activities to cater to our local community as well. This includes utilising our educational facilities for school trips, to providing a family-friendly cinema and supporting local groups and organisations such as Grassington Festival. We also have a wonderful gift shop and a fantastic café.
Like many small businesses, we have been massively affected by the Covid-19 outbreak and we are desperate to keep our business and our wonderful team going.
We are so lucky to have amazing people helping us navigate this precarious situation, but sadly the impact for businesses such as ours is very real. Due to the continued need for social distancing, when we are able to reopen we will need to decrease our capacity by 40%. This will also incur increased staff and cleaning costs in order to keep people safe.
We have been able to take advantage of the government's furlough scheme which has helped greatly in keeping our team going, as well as applying for grants from various organisations. Sadly we are one of many and cannot rely on these as a guarantee of income, which is why we are here asking our wonderful visitors and community for help.
We have been overwhelmed by the many lovely messages we have received and it is this support that keeps us motivated and determined to get through this. We would also like to use this as an opportunity to give something back. So, we have come up with a number of ways that we can all work together to show our gratitude and appreciation for those who are protecting us. As a former nurse working 25 years in paediatric speciality care, I feel for all my NHS co-workers who have found themselves on the frontline along with all the social care workers too.
Here's how you can help -
We have come up with several schemes that can help both us and others.
BAKING A DIFFERENCE
We are working with local business, Eggsquisite Cakes, and together we will deliver fresh cakes, scones and healthy snacks to our key workers and vulnerable people in our local community.
Just mention BAKING A DIFFERENCE in your message and we will know to allocate your funds to this pledge!
HELP FOR SCHOOLS
We will offer subsidised Fossil and Dinosaur workshops.
With the help of Apollo 3D, we will soon be able to offer a full behind-the-scenes virtual tour of Stump Cross Caverns.
School trips to our great historical venue with reduced group sizes as per government guidelines could be subsidised as a result of your donations. When we are back to a new normal and earning again we will match fund this on a £1 to £1 basis for schools. So if we raise £100 in donations we will match it with £100 donated from Stump Cross!
Mention SCHOOLS in your message and we will allocate donations accordingly.
Invitations to a reopening party for all our lovely regulars when and however we are allowed to do so as per government guidelines.
Mention PARTY in your message and leave a minimum donation of £25 per person
You can purchase vouchers and we will add 20% value to them valid in the shop/cave/café. The vouchers will be valid until Dec 2022!
Mention VOUCHERS in your message and we will send them to you this offer is only available on crowdfunding!
Just leave your reason for support in the message and funds will be allocated at time of donating!
If none of the above tempts you, take a look at the attached video of myself and Nick walking the steps to the cave 1000 times! and donate what you can to Baking a Difference.
Thank you so much for your time, stay safe and take care. We will get through this together!
The Stumpy Team