The Clevedon Pier & Heritage Trust has received £29,000 from The National Lottery Heritage to help cover essential costs whilst the Pier is closed to visitors. £7,500 of the award will be used to cover urgent maintenance including specialist analysis of the results of the recent drone survey and putting right storm damage in the Toll House.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown began the Pier has been closed and, as a result, will miss out on about £90,000 worth of income over the course of a few months. When the Pier does open, it will be on a restricted basis and the impact of the pandemic on the Trust’s finances will continue for some time.

Phil Curme, Chair of the Clevedon Pier & Heritage Trust said: “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. This and the continuing support we are receiving from the local community will help us keep the Pier in good shape despite the severe setbacks we are currently experiencing.”

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

The UK-wide fund will 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 Clevedon Pier & Heritage Trust during this uncertain time.”

Like the Clevedon Pier & Heritage Trust, 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.

If you would like to help towards England’s only Grade 1 listed pier then you can make a donation, buy a deck plaque or subscribe for an annual pass (effective from the day the Pier reopens) here.