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Sarah Gent
Barnard Castle

I am fundraising for The Witham by writing why creativity, and our arts centre matter, in chalk on length of Barnard Castle high street.

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I, along with my two daughters, are determined to do all we can to ensure The Witham has a long term future. I am the Marketing Manager at The Witham but am doing this as a personal contribution to the £30k in 30 days appeal.

This is hugely important to us.  I firmly believe in everyone having access to the arts and in our rurally isolated, beautiful dale, The Witham fulfills a really important role in making sure everyone can do just that. Having seen my daughters, family, friends and many many audience members enjoyed event after event at Barnard Castle's arts  centre, I know first-hand just how special it is. People not only watch but also participate in the arts... be they school kids or those with dementia, I have seen so many take so much from their experiences at the Witham. The thought that we could lose the place in which so many more can benefit in the future is deeply worrying to me, as a mum, as an arts fan but also as a member of this community.  

The girls have offered to come and help on the day... they will be ensuring I don't run out of chalk, am topped up with drinks and be generally front row cheerleaders throughout.

Event details

Creative Chalk Challenge

I am undertaking a creative mission - to write why creativity matters and why The Witham is important to Teesdale along the entire length of Barnard Castle High Street (from MacFarlene Butchers to Barclays corner opposite the buttermarket).

It will be in chalk so will disappear but the significance will remain... the arts have given me some of the richest moments in my life. Nothing else can make your bones tingle in the same way. The arts help us look up and out, whatever your medium, it's a chance to connect, communicate and to simply be in the moment. And The Witham needs financial support to continue to offer rich and exciting arts experiences to our rural community.

I am also doing this because high streets matter as places for people to connect. And because our arts centre is a part of the community locally.

If you would rather donate off-line, by cheque (payable to The Witham Hall Ltd) or in cash, kindly drop your donation into The Witham in an envelope marked Creative Chalk Challenge and complete a Gift Aid form while you're there.

Please support with cash & words... I will write the comments I can use so please do wax lyrical. I am hoping to share photos too.

Event date

08-September-2018 09:30  - 
08-September-2018 15:00

Event type

Creative Chalk Challenge

Event is completed


The Witham, 3 Horsemarket,
Barnard Castle,
DL12 8LY,
United Kingdom


Well done Sarah and your fabulous lasses! A wonderful way to support the Witham. Here's hoping the Witham continues to play such an important part in the Barnard Castle community and beyond - bringing joy, excitement, and laughter to all. Go girl! X
Donation by Joanne Cullum
on 21-09-2018
£5.00 gift aid
Donation by Mogs
on 15-09-2018
£0.00 gift aid
Well Done Sarah!
Donation by andrea ballantine
on 11-09-2018
£2.50 gift aid
What an amazing woman! We appreciate what a great job you're doing!
Donation by Sarah French
on 11-09-2018
£5.00 gift aid
Well done Sarah! xxx
Donation by Anonymous
on 10-09-2018
£2.50 gift aid
Congratulations, Sarah! I hope your sterling efforts really made people think!
Donation by Judi Sutherland
on 10-09-2018
The Witham is a precious resource for us all well done Sarah xx
Donation by Bunny Forsyth
on 09-09-2018
£5.00 gift aid
Wonderful idea, for a splendid organization and they are lucky to have you.
Donation by Wonderful idea
on 09-09-2018
£0.00 gift aid
Well done! We love the Witham and all you do! Love the Swans
Donation by Anonymous
on 08-09-2018
Sarah, we loved your fabulous words about all things creative snaking down the high street pavement glistening with rain.
Donation by Cox Family
on 08-09-2018
£5.00 gift aid

Donation summary

Online Donations: £1,560.00
Offline Donations: £540.00
Total Raised: £2,100.00
Total Raised
with gift aid:    £2,308.75

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