The Daniel Adamson 1903 Steamship has received an £85,0000 Lifeline of National Lottery support to help address the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on heritage.

The funding from The National Lottery’s Heritage Emergency Fund will support overheads and salaries which will enable the historic steamship to continue with the essential maintenance of the Danny and to enable an important community project to keep going.

Since the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown began all 2020 cruises on The Danny have been cancelled and the team of enthusiastic volunteers have been unable to work together on the community project which means so much to so many, offering leisure cruises on the North West waterways.

Andrea Ward, Director of The Danny said: “Thanks to the National Lottery and its players we can now prepare to be operational again and get our team of volunteers and passengers back on board. We’re grateful that The National Lottery Heritage Fund is supporting us at this crucial time – it’s a lifeline to us and others who are passionate about sustaining heritage for the benefit of all.”

“One of the projects under development, which will be a huge benefit to our visitors, will be a Virtual Reality tour of the incredible Engine Room, enabling visitors to experience the sight and sounds of an otherwise ‘out of bounds’ environment.

The funding, made possible by National Lottery players, was awarded through The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Heritage Emergency Fund. £50million was made available to provide emergency funding for those most in need across the heritage sector.

The UK-wide fund aimed to address both immediate emergency actions and help organisations to start thinking about recovery.

Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: “Heritage has an essential role to play in making communities better places to live, supporting economic regeneration and benefiting our personal wellbeing. All of these things are going to be even more important as we emerge from this current crisis.

“Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players we are pleased to be able to lend our support to organisations such as The Danny during this uncertain time.”

Like The Danny, other charities and organisations across the UK that have been affected by the unprecedented impact of the coronavirus outbreak are being given access to a comprehensive package of support of up to £600 million of repurposed money from The National Lottery. This money is supporting some of the most vulnerable people in our communities and span the arts, community, charity, heritage, education, environment and sports sectors.

Thanks to National Lottery players, £30 million is raised every week for good causes, including heritage of local and national importance. By playing The National Lottery, people up and down the country are making an amazing contribution to the nationwide-response to combatting the impact of COVID-19 on local communities across the UK.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Heritage Emergency Fund is now closed for applications. To find out more about how The National Heritage Emergency Fund is supporting the sector at this time please visit: https://www.heritagefund.org.uk/responding-coronavirus-covid-19

To find out more about the National Lottery Good Causes , visit: www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/coronavirus-pandemic-response

Find out more about the Daniel Adamson Preservation Society, one of our Shipshape Network North Projects here.

Daniel Adamson (c)  Stephen Ellis Bell
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