Nancy Astor Statue - donate here

by West Country Women Awards CIC in Plymouth, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 2nd December 2019 we successfully raised £140,915 with 778 supporters in 395 days

You raised the statue but we’re still raising: donate now to leave a legacy for young women to go into politics and help with maintenance!

by West Country Women Awards CIC in Plymouth, England, United Kingdom

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We are committed to any over-raise to go to a legacy project for the young women of Plymouth to help and encourage them to get involved in politics. 

For the first time in almost 100 years there is no female Plymouth MP in Plymouth and we would like to use this opportunity to help young people to become more engaged in public service and politics in the city and surrounding areas. 

We will also be working with the existing charities, foundations and legacy projects set up by Lady Nancy Astor for the people of Plymouth and supported by her family. 

We also are raising for long-term maintenance costs for the statue. 

Nearly 100 years ago Nancy Astor was the first woman to take her seat in the Houses of Parliament as the UK's first female MP. Her achievement was extraordinary and courageous and changed the world forever in terms of equality, democracy, fairness and hope. 

It was the people of Plymouth who voted her in just one year after some women were finally given the vote. She served the city as MP for Plymouth Sutton for another 26 years and fought for the rights and safety of women and children, education, the people of the city, and equality throughout that time. 

But there is no statue to her. We want to fix that. 

Please join us in raising a statue to Nancy Astor, the UK's first Lady of politics. With your help we can make sure that on 28th November 2019, 100 years to the day since she was announced the winner of the seat, we unveil a statue to her on Plymouth's Hoe outside her family home on Elliot Terrace. 

We are a team passionately committed to making this happen and to recognising the contribution of Nancy Astor to local, national and international politics. 

She changed everything for women, being the first to tread the corridors of power as a Member of Parliament. And she did so in the face of great hostility. For two years she represented women in the House of Commons alone - she wasn't joined by another female MP until then. She went through a door both literally and metaphorically that she, and we, can't go back through and paved the way for the fairer, freer and more equal democracy that we enjoy today. 

We are supported by the Astor family, Viscount William Astor and Alice Astor who are both fully supportive of what we are trying to do.

The project is run by Plymouth Women in Business Networking, a Community Interest Company, Registered Number 11191632. 

For even more information please visit our website

All pictures from The Box (Plymouth Museums Galleries Archives) - thank you very much. 


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£15 or more

£15 Reward - Name in a time capsule

Have your name or the name of a schoolchild, their hopes and dreams for the future and a photo put in a time capsule to be opened in 100 years.

£10 or more

£10 Reward - Ticket to the unveiling

Make a donation as your ticket to the unveiling. Stand on The Hoe and look at the statue you made happen and know how much you have helped.

£20 or more

25 of 100 claimed

£20 Reward - A copy of Lady Astor's maiden speech

A copy of Lady Astor's powerful maiden speech in the House of Commons, sourced from the Astor Archives at Reading University.

£25 or more

£25 Reward - Hopes and dreams time capsule

Add the names of you and your family, your hopes and dreams and a family photo to the time capsule to be opened in 100 years

£25 or more

£25 Reward

A shout out on social media telling everyone why you are celebrating 100 years of women in Parliament and what it means to you. A massive reach for you and your business for just £20!

£30 or more

0 of 6 claimed

£30 Reward - VIP Tour of Plymouth Gin

EXCLUSIVE ticket price for you - don't delay, there are only six tickets for the Connoisseur's Tour available. A perfect #treat or #christmas #present ... get yours now.

£40 or more

1 of 6 claimed

£40 Reward

Special edition craft gin Mr King's 1842 Recipe, the first special edition in a series of craft gins that celebrate the spirit of exploration. Yours for only £40. What a present! Enjoy ...

£65 or more

15 of 30 claimed

£65 Reward - Tour of Lady Astor's family home

Enjoy a tour of Lady Astor's family home Elliot Terrace on Plymouth Hoe with a city guide and take tea in her front room afterwards.

£100 or more

16 of 40 claimed

£100 Reward - Nancy Astor Express

Get on board! World exclusive offer - a ticket on the Nancy Astor Express from London on the day of the unveiling with VIPs and the Astor family. GWR have fabulously donated 40 tickets for the train named after their First Great Westerner. Don't delay, get your return ticket now. Get to Paddington 7am on the 28th and join the exclusive crowd for a once-in-a-lifetime trip.

£1,500 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£1500 Reward - Hire Lady Astor's former home.

Exclusive offer! Hire Lady Astor's former family home on The Hoe in Plymouth for a Christmas party, a private event or a business conference! An absolute bargain with views of the statue you helped to make happen. Takes 40 guests. #exclusive #historic

£20 or more

12 of 12 claimed

£20 Reward

A bottle of world-famous Plymouth Gin courtesy of wonderful Rose! Bargain cut-price and straight from the distillery. Thank you Rose! Enjoy.

£20 or more

5 of 5 claimed

£20 Reward

Exclusive Plymouth Sloe Gin - cut price of just £20 a bottle! Thank you to Rose at Plymouth Gin for this, fantastic!

£20 or more

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£20 Reward

More Plymouth Gin! Fruit Cup - absolutely gorgeous, have you tried it yet? Exclusive to Plymouth Gin and delicious with ice, a slice, some lemonade and some friends ... get yours now ;-)

£25 or more

4 of 4 claimed

£20 Reward

Plymouth Gin Christmas Crackers - exclusive, fun, oh my what a great gift! Enjoy #whatacracker

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