As you probably know, we have, sadly, had to close Clevedon Pier due to the impact of the Coronavirus.

Between April and June, we would normally welcome between 20,000 and 25,000 visitors – depending on the weather, which would bring us income of between £60,000 and £70,000 to help fund our critical maintenance programme. Whilst we have been working hard to reduce our outgoings, for example cutting all non-essential spending and drawing on Government aid to cover staff salaries, we are now faced with the complete loss of our critical Spring revenue.

And, of course, the Pier will still be facing a relentless onslaught from the sea. The ferocious tides of the Bristol Channel – the second highest tidal range in the world – place continual pressure on the structure. Because of the recent storms we are undertaking a drone survey to check for damage, as any faults not addressed urgently will just worsen and become more expensive over time, and that is a cost that we urgently need to address.

We need your help to support us at this difficult time and there are three ways you can do so.

● Make a donation at https://clevedonpier.co.uk/donations/

● Buy a Pier plaque at https://clevedonpier.co.uk/a-plaque-for-all-occasions/ These can be dedicated to a person (perhaps a new child or grandchild) or can mark an event or any special occasion.

● Buy an annual pass for yourself or a friend, so you can come on a walk down the Pier whenever you choose when it reopens. New Annual Passes will be valid for 12 months from the date we reopen and can be bought here https://clevedonpier.co.uk/shop

Thank you for your continued loyalty to the Pier and we hope that you are able to help us survive this unprecedented crisis.

Phil Curme
Chair, Clevedon Pier & Heritage Trust

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