The Lost Treasures of St Sidwells

Unlocking £2,500 from Heritage Lottery fund


St Sidwell's Church was bombed during the Exeter Blitz 75 years ago. The church's unique stained glass windows and two statues were rescued from the rubble, put into storage and forgotten about until their recent rediscovery. The Lost Treasures of St Sidwells is a project to restore these lost treasures, and put them on display at St Sidwell’s Community Centre, now based in the old church,  where they can be enjoyed by everybody. We asked Marie Leverett from the Community Centre about their crowdfunding journey.

Why did you decide to Crowdfund? 

Because we knew it was a great way to access match funds and raise public awareness of our fundraiser as well as providing an easy portal for collecting donations.

What do the funds raised mean for your project?  

It means we can now afford restoration work previously unaffordable and has given our community centre recognition and moral a boost from knowing so many people in the community were interested in supporting us.

How is crowdfunding different from how you normally finance or fundraise for projects? 

It provides a focal point and focusses our efforts and attention in a public space. It's a good way of reaching beyond our usual audience since it is sharable and provides a good interface.

What will you use the money for and what has happened since you hit your crowdfunding target? 

We will use the money for restoration work of important local historic artefacts and to help create associated display material and events.

What would be your top tips for others considering crowdfunding? 

Gather support before you press go. Put in the effort with a good story and video. Have some lovely prizes. Reach out to relevant groups outside of your normal circle of supporters.

You received a £2,500 pledge from Crowdfunder's heritage fund, supported by Heritage Lottery Fund. How did you find the grant application process on 


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