The Lowry’s 2018 Christmas Appeal has raised more than double its target – topping out at £30,000 for the art centre’s work with young parents in Salford.
Salford has one of the highest teenage birth rates in the UK and a high number of those young parents face barriers around education, money and housing as well as personal challenges with confidence and low self-esteem.
The £30,000 will fund a year-long project with two teenage parent groups in Salford.
The project will focus on story-telling and creative play, helping young parents and their children to fall in love with storytelling, music and visual arts, improving their confidence and encouraging positive relationships. It will be developed in partnership with The Belvedere Sure Start Children’s Centre and Salford Foyer.
Julia Fawcett OBE, chief executive at The Lowry, said: “Our audiences, supporters and staff never fail to amaze me with their generosity. £30,000 is an incredible figure and the year-long project it will fund will make a real difference to the lives of teenage parents across Salford.
“This year’s Christmas Appeal was supported by British Airways and I’d like to thank them for helping us to raise so much money for such a good cause.”
The Lowry Centre Trust is a registered charity no. 1053962.